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Copyright and Fair Use - UMUC Library

Copyright and Fair Use - UMUC Library
Disclaimer The information presented here is only general information. Legal advice must be provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship specifically with reference to all the facts of the particular situation under consideration. Such is not the case here, and accordingly, the information presented here must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney. Updated January 28, 2011 Consistent with BOR Policy IV-3.20, the UMUC Library has developed guidelines for the use of copyrighted materials. The UMUC Library addresses copyright and intellectual property issues because of its role in teaching and promoting information literacy. An Introduction to Copyright What Is Copyright? What Can be Copyrighted? Tangible, original expressions can be copyrighted. Fixation: The item must be fixed in some way. What Cannot be Copyrighted? Works in the public domain: Ideas are in the public domain. What Does Copyright Protect? Top An Introduction to Fair Use Related:  Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright for Educators (US) This is a course for educators who want to learn about US copyright law in the education context. P2PU also offers a similar courses for Australia, if that content is more appropriate. Educators who are not in the US are welcome to sign up, too, if they want to learn about copyright law in the US. The course is taught around practical case studies faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day-to-day teaching. What is the public domain? Goals By the end of this course, you should be able to: Understand the basic concepts of copyright law; Identify copyright issues in education; Understand when fair use or other copyright exceptions apply to teacher, librarian, or student use of copyrighted content; and Strategize and talk with your students, peers, and administrators about how to use copyright exceptions in education. Who should take this course? What won't I learn? Prerequisites About the Instructor Laura Quilter is a librarian and lawyer. Photo credit: "Catherine M.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) Home The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Or you may contact us at the following address:

Creative Commons for K-12 Educators Update: The second round of this facilitated course is located at It is open for sign-up through August 4, 2013. This facilitated course ran for 7 weeks (March 18 - May 5, 2013). Rationale for the course We want to help K-12 educators find and adapt free, useful resources for their classes. Education Without Limits: Why Open Education Matters by Joseph Sumbi / CC BY Who should take this course? Elementary, primary, or secondary school educatorsAnyone interested in primary education who would like to obtain the skills listed below What will I learn? Depending on how much you put into the course, you may learn how to: Find educational resources that are open for sharing and remix Remix open educational resourcesShare remixes on the webAttribute CC licensed materials CC license your workExplain CC licenses and how they workEdit collaborativelyWork transparentlyAdvocate openness What won't I learn? What is the time commitment?

Background Information - Open Educational Resources - UMUC Subject Resources at University of Maryland University College OERs started as a grassroots movement by educators worldwide. Funded by grants and private donations (particularly from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which has already given more than $110 million in support of OERs), the OER movement has attempted to bring into the educational process groups who have been traditionally shut out, including K-12 teachers, scientists and engineers working in the industry rather than in academia, and those who aren’t fluent in English. The OER movement’s goal is to make education available to everyone around the world (particularly those in the developing world, who could not otherwise afford an education, as well as self-learners). The OER movement has become an institutional movement as well, with early pioneers such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology putting an increasing amount of course material – including complete course lectures – online.

CopyRIGHT Pathfinder on Copyright Law for Librarians The second CopyRIGHT Pathfinder, which is part of the 2013 Copyright Community, is now available. This Pathfinder is designed with brief descriptions and hyperlinks to guide you to primary and secondary sources on copyright law and licensing for librarians. All sources are vetted. Use your time reading about copyright law; not locating reliable resources! CopyRIGHT Pathfinders are new to the Copyright Community in 2013. Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center

Key Milestones In Social Media Law [Infographic] It’s the Wild West out here on the Internet. While individual social media companies face lawsuits over copyrights, privacy and antitrust violations, Washington debates bills like SOPA and PIPA to help redefine the law for the Digital Age. This infographic from the Socially Aware blog examines the key moments that led us to what can only be described as a hot, electrically-charged mess. The timeline begins appropriately in 1984 with Sony v. More than a decade later, the Internet is still a place where information flows freely and openly to users in most parts of the world. Image by Jirsak via Shutterstock

Top 10 Tips for Images and Copyrights to Avoid a Social Media Disaster | Sociality Squared Blog Copyrights and social media always seem like this gray area that brands walk on eggshells over or just ignore completely, especially when it comes to images. Here are the top 10 tips on what you need to know to avoid a copyright disaster and maintain your brand’s integrity when it comes to images and social media. What is a copyright? Merrian-Webster dictionary defines copyright as “the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical or artistic work).” Every country has its own copyright laws, but the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is an international agreement governing copyright between its signatories. What do Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter say about copyright law? Each social media platform, such as Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, has copyright information in each of their respective terms of conditions. 1) Copyright is owned by who created it.

Learning Resources: Copyright Issues What is intellectual property? Is it okay to copy information such as words and pictures from a book, a CD-ROM, or the Internet? Do I need to get permission to link to someone's website? How can I tell if a student has copied their report from the web? Intellectual Property Have you ever written a story, created a work of art, or composed a song? Copyright Law Copyright is the right to use ideas or information created by someone else. In a global community such as the Internet, the laws become an issue. You need to know the laws to protect you, your students, and the developers of Internet content. Consider designing activities for Copyright Awareness Week in March. Try the Copyright Interactive from Cyberbee. Copyleft Licensing Copyleft is a recent term used to describe the removal of restrictions on the use of ideas and information. Student Fairs and Projects What rules and laws govern the use of materials in student projects? Mashups, Collages, and Derivative Works Resources Student Resources

Copyright Website Guide to Citing Online Sources Page 1 of 2 Do you ever use the Internet to get information or pictures for your reports? You may not know this, but it's important (not to mention courteous) to cite all your sources. Intellectual property is property. Just as people shouldn't go about life taking things from others without asking, you shouldn't take images, sounds and/or words from the online work of others without giving them credit. Basic Format The basic elements of an Internet citation are as follows: Author's last name, Author's first name. Specific Examples World Wide Web Structure: Author's Last name, First name. Example: Frank, Peter. Online Media Author's Last name, First name. Examples: Images NASA.

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist. OK, that’s kind of a lawyer joke. But it illustrates how protective people are about finding their images used online without permission. Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. Article I, Section 8, clause 8, of the United States Constitution states the purpose of copyright laws is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” It’s a delicate balance between the rights of the creator and the public’s interest. This article will cover exactly what copyright is and what it covers. And then we’ll look at the concept of fair use as it pertains to using images online. What Is Copyright? In Summary

Classroom Resource Resources tagged as "copyright" Need to create an online image library? Worried about copyrighted pictures online? Have students take and upload their own images using Troovi. tag(s): copyright (44), images (202), photography (129) In the Classroom User must be able to locate files on your computer to be uploaded. Content is private, in that, only the people with which the URL is shared have access to the photos. This tool can be useful in so many different areas.