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General Use: Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons and OER: Home

Confused about what you can and can't use in educational presentations? Is fair use a blanket protection for teachers? Here are some resources to help you and your students navigate the murky waters of copyright.

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This guide is not a substitute for legal advice. It is a collection of resources to help you understand your responsibilities.

Helpful Articles

The Educator's Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons from edublogger
Excellent summary of educator rights and responsibilites with many links to resources.

The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use from Education World
5 part series of articles offering information for educators.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators from Edutopia
‚ÄčA selection of 9 videos that help explain the nuances of copyright and fair use as they apply to education.

Copyright Frequently Asked Questions - from Teaching Copyright
Good, concise overview.

Can you show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple. EdSurge

Copyright and Creative Commons Explained from Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers

Copyright Lessons for Students and Teachers from Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers

Educational Uses of Non-Coursepack Materials from Stanford University Libraries
A great discussion of reproduction of class materials. Based on the work of Rich Stim, Attorney at Law.


Purdue University Copyright Office

But Honestly, Monica


The Story of Cooks Source, or But Honestly Monica

"But honestly Monica,

the web is considered "public domain"

and you should be happy we just didn't

"lift" your whole article and

put someone else's name on it!"