A seminar presented by Old Dominion University Libraries, University Counsel, and Center for Learning Technologies -- April 2010
USING COPYRIGHTED MEDIA IN DISTANCE EDUCATION - CLT
Before distributing copyrighted material digitally via Blackboard or playing copyrighted material in a broadcast or video streamed class, verify that you have copyright clearance from the owner or publisher of the material. If you need assistance seeking copyright clearance, use the appropriate online Copyright Permission form (MIDAS login required).
What materials are considered copyrighted?
If a work is in tangible form it is considered copyrighted. According to the Copyright Act, works that can be copyrighted include:
Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created; and a work is created when it is fixed in a copy or phono-record for the first time.
Generally, the TEACH Act covers use of copyrighted media in distance education. The following guidelines are from the ARL's Know Your Copyrights:
You should always assume that any materials found on the Internet are copyrighted, unless stated otherwise. Do not assume that the material is not copyrighted just because you do not see a copyright notice. Apply the Fair Use doctrine before using copyrighted works on your course website. If in doubt, obtain permission (in writing) from the copyright holder.
Fair Use Doctrine : Fair use is a defense to a claim of copyright infringement. It is a defense to copying another person’s work for academic and research purposes.
The ability to successfully rely on the fair use defense depends on the underlying facts of each case. To determine whether your copying constitutes a fair use, see Fair Use Definition above.