Copyright / Fair Use

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms. *Description taken from website*
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A Fair(y) Use Tale

The following are the basic guidelines for copyright that must be followed when you are posting work on this wikispace.

Basic Guidelines

Copyright is the law that protects the works of authors, artists, composers and others from being used without permission.

Works that are not copyrighted are public domain and may be used without permission. However, you should still give credit to the source.
You should always give credit or attribution to the person who created the work such as a photograph, sound recording, motion picture, or document.

Fair use allows you to use a limited amount of copyrighted material for your educational use. Think about the material you want to use .......
Does it have a nonprofit educational purpose?
What kind of material do you want to use?
Are you using only a small portion?
Will your use deprive the author from making money?

Amount refers to use of a portion of work.
For motion media, you can use 10% or up to 3 minutes.
For text material, you can use 10% or up to 1000 words.
For music, lyrics and so forth you can use up to 10% but no more than 30 seconds of an individual work.

Almost everything on the Web is copyrighted.

When you put your material on a web page, then it's being shown to an audience outside your school. If you have copyrighted material, normally exempted for student projects within a school, your project no longer falls under the fair use umbrella.

The best policy is to write for permission to use the file. Find the contact person and compose an email message. Put "Permission to Use" in the subject line. Most of the time you will receive a reply to your request. Do not assume that "no response" means it is okay to use it.

Copyright Guidelines help from Cyberbee

How To Cite Work That Is Not Yours

Give credit where credit is due, by creating a reference for every online resource you use.

To cite an image

(graphic, picture, map, photo), you can use the following format from Classroom Connect: (colour coded to help you see what needs to be included)

Description or title of image. [Online image] Available http://address/filename, Date.

To create a text citation

you'll need to collect four pieces of information from the web page. Here is how to find and write down each one:

  1. Author
    Usually at top or bottom of page. Use this format: Lastname, Firstname MI.
    If no author name can be found, use the editor or the compiler of the information
  2. Title
    Usually at the top of the web page or in the title