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Copyright in the digital age

November 11, 2010

As more faculty post course materials on Blackboard, teach with a rich variety of media, and author their own digital works, more questions arise about how copyright law and academic traditions apply to these new forms of publishing.  In this session, Jane Davis presented an overview of US copyright law, discussing the TEACH Act and the Fair Use exception, which allow some copyrighted materials to be used for educational purposes.  We discussed common scenarios encountered by faculty using digital materials in their courses and saw examples of the thinking process a faculty member might go through when applying a fair use checklist to determine whether their intended use of a work favors fair use.

 

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