Missouri State University

Digital Copyright and Fair Use

Web links and resources regarding copyright and fair use

Webinar on Copyrights

Copyright Basics

This is the recorded Webinar presentation on Copyrights presented by the FCTL in conjunction with Meyer Library.  The session addresses copyright laws as it relates to using digital media within educational settings such as in presentations, classrooms and online courses.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Lambert - Access Services Librarian - Myer Library
Hosted by: Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL)
Length of Webinar: 54 minutes
Date: September 29th, 201

American Library Association

The ALA website is a great resource and provides a variety of tools to help educators meet the requirements of the TEACH Act and Fair Use. The Fair Use Evaluator provides useful information on Fair Use and helps you to determine if the intended use of a protected work is 'fair use."

ALA Copyright Tools

Copyright Basics for Online Presentations (Webinar)

Webinar, Copyright Basics for Online Presentations, is available for on-demand viewing (focuses on media resources used in Online and Distance education classes)

Ask for Forgiveness (PDF): http://www.sonicfoundry.com/sites/default/files/easier_to_ask_forgiveness_-_may_2012_v2.pdf

Copyright Infringement Examples:

Cambridge University Press et. al. v. Mark Becker

Recording Industry Association of America v. Tenenbaum (Legal Document) and NewsArticle (Summary)

Copyright Clearance Center

Search for ownership of copyright materials at Copyright Clearance Center


Creative Commons

The Creative Commons website provides information to help you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.


Know your Copyrights

A useful Web site for librarians who are developing positive educational programs for academic users of copyrighted materials in US not-for-profit institutions.

Know Your Copy Rights

Code of Best Practices for Online Video

When students create mashups or parodies of Hollywood movies and popular television programs are they violating the law? The Center for Social Media at AUSoC has created a code of best practices for online creators, copyright holders, and others interested in making online videos. This site is a great resource. 

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video    Online Best Practices in Fair Use PDF Document  (You need Adobe Reader to view and print these documents.)

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound By Law

Duke University School of Law has created a comic book about the public domain. The book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike license. You can purchase from this site or there is a free download version available. 


Baruch College-The City University of New York

A free interactive guide to help faculty determine the appropriate copyright guidelines they must follow to use various types of protected media in their course.  Developed by Barusch's Computing and Technology Center

Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Course

United States Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office website

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Duration: (10:14)
User: BelYaun - Added: 5/18/07

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created a Disney parody reviewing Copyright and Fair Use principles.

This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.