One of the main questions or concerns about copyright is often: who is liable for copyright infringement? It is important to know that, as a faculty member, YOU ARE LIABLE for the use of copyrighted materials in both your eLearn course sites and any other course websites you create (such as Wordpress, blogger, etc.).
What if I'm not sure if my use constitutes copyright infringement?
If you have questions or concerns, contact the Library. Email or call Allison Keaney, 508-565-1289, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here, it is important to evaluate whether or not your use constitutes fair use by following the guidelines provided by the various resources on the "Fair Use" tab. If you prefer to have the library conduct a fair use evaluation, please contact us; once we have obtained the items you wish to use, we will then evaluate them and submit any items requiring permissions to the Copyright Clearance Center. Electronic items will then be made available to your students through our Ares electronic reserves system.
Here are some sample uses of copyrighted materials in eLearn that do or do not meet fair use guidelines:
Constitutes fair use:
DOES NOT constitute fair use:
This information is provided by the library to assist you in making informed decisions about copyright and fair use. It is intended as a general guideline and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended, and should not be construed as, legal advice.