Copyright Resources

The first and safest sources for students to locate curricular images, sound files, movies, etc. for their projects are the Texas K-12 Databases.

All Texas public school students have the right to use these resources, with appropriate attribution, and for many academic projects, these images, sound and movie files will absolutely meet their needs. Sometimes, they may not be able to find what they need in these databases, however.

If you are concerned that your students might not be utilizing works that are copyright friendly, a great place to steer them is to Creative Commons!

It's a wonderful place to start, as students search for images, video, music, etc. Some of the Creative Commons sites may not be available in some school networks, but some will be, and I believe that it is worthwhile to teach students that there is an ethical way to find and use material from the Internet to create their own products. jcc

Take a look at Benfer's growing Creative Commons Resource Page!

One of the Best Tools

to help you reason whether a use is a FAIR USE in your classroom, is this Copyright Checklist developed by Dr. Kenneth Crews, director The Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University.

Klein Copyright Resources

The Benfer copyright presentation, August 2010 is saved here:K:\Campus_Benfer\Staff\Library\Copyright

Klein ISD Fair Use and Copyright Guidelines are linked on Studentnet, and can also be found here:

Klein's Fair Use Handouts are here:

Remember....Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials? Think PANE!
Photo: ways of seeing revisited by monoglot

As a professional, you must evaluate how each of these factors weigh in your (& your students') use of copyrighted material:
  • P...purpose--what is the purpose of your use? If it is for education, face-to-face, fair use tends in your favor.
  • A...amount--what amount do you plan to use? The smaller the amount, the better chance your use will be fair.
  • N...nature--what is the nature of the work? The less creative a work (e.g: list of facts), the better chance your use will be fair.
  • E...effect--what will be the effect on the marketplace if you use the work in this way? The less negative economic effect to the copyright owner, the better chance your use will be fair.

Additionally, the use of copyrighted material must be at teacher (or student) inspiration--in other words, a principal, curriculum director, school district may not require that copyrighted material be used without appropriate permission from the copyright owner. This is not a fair use, even if the balance of the 4 factors above (PANE) tend toward fair use.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Watch **A Fairy Use Tale**, and think about what the point of the video is. Is this really fair use? Why or Why not?
This video is also saved on the Klein video server (KUTV) here, so it's accessible at school:

Copyright 101
The Library at BYU maintains a very good copyright tutorial that includes a final evaluation game. It's kind of fun!

Copyright Friendly Wiki
This wiki has an amazing assortment of resources relating to copyright, fair use and copyleft topics! If you don't know what copyleft is, read up on Creative Commons images, sounds, documents and applications! Creative Commons is an example of a type of "copyleft" works. These are items that are created and shared by the creators with others upfront, giving permission for others to use them without special permission. This is a topic that all educators should be familiar with so that they can share these resources with students, and train them to find useful resources online and use them in an ethical way! Read more on our Creative Commons page, and be sure to visit the Copyright Friendly Wiki as well.

Code of Best Practices

from the Center for Social Media:
Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (video, 6 min)

Here is an


Doug Johnson's Presentation from NECC 2009 (July 1, 2009)
Beating the U-Turn Syndrome: A New Approach to Teaching & Enforcing Copyright & Compliance (58 min)
Much of Johnson's presentation is based upon the new Code of Best Practices above. His suggestions provide rich food for thought, as he encourages each of us to use these new Best Practices to determine for ourselves when an educational use of copyrighted material is fair use. Excellent presentation, imo. jcc
For his Resources Wiki, click here.

Copyright for Educators by Wes Fryer

(55 min)

Unlocking Copyright Confusion Wiki

from Karen Hokanson--a source of current information and discussion regarding Temple's Code of Best Practices.

Hokanson's Tool for Reasoning Fair Use

on this wiki is particularly useful.

Her new reasoning tool, as of June 2012 ISTE looks like this:

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What's Copyright

(4 min)
A music video from Temple University in conjunction with the Code of Best Practices above.