Copyright, WWW, and You
The need to protect intellectual property has always existed, perhaps even more so in the easy-access world of the electronic age. Non-profit use of websites will many times fall under fair use guidelines and many website owners will grant permission for you to use their information or websites in public and educational settings. Copying parts of or entire works for use in a classroom cannot be done simply because the purpose is educational. There are a number of excellent websites on copyright law for teachers, including:
There are specific guidelines for fair use of copyrighted material and lots of theories and misinformation as to what constitutes "fair use." These sites try to help you sort fact from fiction.
- "Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America" - this is the electronic version of Fair Use of Copyrighted Works, a pamphlet published by CETUS. It was put together by the Working Group on Ownership, Legal Rights of Use and Fair Use of the CSU-SUNY-CUNY Joint Committee.
- Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia provides the full text of guidelines from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers advising professors and students on acceptable uses of multimedia materials for educational purposes that would not infringe on owners' copyrights
- The University of Texas System site that offers a Crash Course in Copyrights also tackles Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia
- The Consortium of College and University Media Centers "CCUMC" convened a diverse group of interested parties to draft Fair Use guidelines which would provide guidance on the application of the fair use exemption by educators, scholars and students in creating multimedia projects that include portions of copyrighted works, for their use in noncommercial educational activities, without having to seek the permission of copyright owners.
Citing Electronic Resources
The following websites provide information on how to cite electronics resources, such as websites, CD-Roms and emails:
- Citing Electronic Information Resources provides several links to sites that list the different styles used to support research.
- Kathy Schrock has an amazing list of Copyright and Citation Resources on Guide for Educators website, including "Citation Maker," one for elementary and one for secondary students.
- NoodleTools are part of the NoodleShop Resources for Education. Click on NoodleBib, which allows students -- even those in grades 1-5 -- to create and edit their own MLA-style bibliographies.