Copyright Guidelines

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Cite your sources!
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Exceed the limits on amounts of copyrighted works that can be used in multimedia projects without asking for permission from the copyright holder

 

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Understand that all works are copyrighted, unless otherwise stated (except those in the public domain). A copyright symbol or statement does not need to appear.
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Copy a friend's (or anyone's software or copyrighted music or DVD files onto your computer's hard drive or burn to a CD. If you like it so much, please buy it so that the author/publisher makes enough money to develop new versions and sequels! Beware of web sites, such as Kazaa or Limewire, which may make it easy to copy music files from other hard drives. These files are probably copyrighted. If in doubt, don't copy!

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For a multimedia project, include an opening screen stating that your project contains copyrighted materials which have been used under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you have made alterations, those must be indicated.

 

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Allow a friend (or anyone) to copy your software or copyrighted music files onto his/her computer's hard drive.
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Use up to 10% or three minutes, whichever is less, of an individual program (film, video, television) in a multimedia project.

 

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Use a web site's HTML code without permission.
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Use up to 10% or 1000 words of copyrighted text, whichever is less.
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Post a web page without proper rights for graphics, designs, logos, and photos which you use from other sources.

 

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When copying a poem, use up to 250 words, but you are further limited to: three poems or portions of poems by one poet; or five poems or portions of poems by different poets from an anthology.

 

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Take the attitude that no one will catch you, so it won't matter if you copy software, copy someone's HTML code or whatever. Please understand that you are dealing with intellectual property -- it is no different than taking someone's real property without his or her permission.
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Use up to 10% or 30 seconds of music, whichever is less.
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Plagiarize

 

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Use up to 5 works of photos and images from one author; up to 10% or 15 works, whichever is less, from a collection.

 

 
 
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Use up to 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries of database information, whichever is less.

 

 
 
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Ask permission by mail or e-mail if you need to use more of a copyrighted work than fair use allows.

 

   
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Purchase your own copies of software!

 

   
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When in doubt, ask the librarian, your teacher or check with
The Copyright Website.

   

 
The guidelines in the "yes" column are from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers guidelines and are not the actual limits of fair use. The actual fair use statute does not use quantifiable concepts.

 
Sources Used:
Simpson, Carol Mann. Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide. 2nd. Ed. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing Company, Inc. 1997.
Harper, Georgia. Copyright Law in the Electronic Environment [online] 1 April 99 URL<http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/Intellectural Property/faculty.htm#mm>.

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