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Copyright and Fair Use: Copyright Guidelines for Teachers

Copyright for Teachers

Copyright Guidelines for Teachers

All copyrighted materials used in teaching need to be correctly cited.  This includes material used in handouts, presentations, course materials, the LMS (Haiku, Moodle), etc.  Guidelines on the MLA style of citation for Robert College staff and students can be found on our Academic Honesty page here.

In the Classroom

1. Books and Monographs - 

  • Provide a link to a licensed copy of a full text ebook
  • Copy / scan 10% of the book or one chapter. 

2. Articles 

  • Provide a link to the full-text licensed e-resource (e.g. from EBSCO,  JSTOR, etc.)
  • Copy/scan 10% of the journal issue or one article.

3. Audio 

  • The standard for using music or audio without prior permission is to: stream sound recordings and non-music audio recordings; AND limit song lyrics, sheet music and music video to 10% or a 30-second maximum. 

4. Video 

  • The standard for copying a video without copyright permission for is three minutes or 10% of the total work, whichever is less.

5. Images

  • The standards for using visual art without permission are one entire photograph/illustration and no more than five copies of artistic or photographic images by a single artist;
  • if the images are in a published collection, 10% of the collection, or 15 total images, whichever is less.‚Äč

In Haiku / Google Classroom or another LMS

  • Link instead of post
  • Post only allowable portions of the copyrighted work
  • Make the work available for a limited time (delete it at the end of the year or no longer make it available to students)
  • Prevent dissemination of the work
  • Make the works available only to enrolled students
  • Do not interfere with exiting copyright protections

Do not use the same work repeatedly (every year). If you do, ask for copyright permission.

Never use bootleg or pirated copies of anything. Never post any copyrighted material on the open internet.

Classroom Teaching Exceptions

Because of the Exception of Classroom Use faculty and their students are able to to perform and display protected works in the course of face-to-face teaching within a classroom. For example:

  • Playing a film or video;
  • Showing photographs or photographic slides;
  • Reading passages aloud from a book or journal article;
  • Projecting a journal article, photograph, or movie onto a screen or whiteboard;
  • Playing recorded music in the classroom;
  • Playing live music in the classroom

You and your students may do any of these or similar activities under the following conditions:

  • The activity must occur in a physical classroom, or other school space that is used regularly for teaching;
  • The source material that is being performed or displayed is legally owned or obtained.
  • The classroom teaching exception does not allow copying, adapting, or distribution of protected works.

Never use bootleg or pirated copies of anything.


From: Dames, K. Matthew. "Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching". Copyright Information. WEB - Syracuse University. December 2013. Accessed on August 19, 2015.