Updated: 6/2/2020

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  • I am having a hard time with using resources in my classroom. I am afraid if I use things I will get into legal trouble.
  • AND! How would my class know what they can and can't use for presentations!!
  • what's the matter Ms. Potter?
  • Have you ever gotten in trouble with the copy right rules? It's like everything is copyrighted!
  • Yeahhh...well I was worried before, but once I looked into all the rules, I felt better. I can help explain it to you if you want!
  • There are a few ways you can get around the copyright laws with the fair use policies. For example, if you change the purpose of what you're using (performing a parody or writing a review-you can quote the work) then that's okay. But make sure you cite your information and do it correctly.
  • oh wow. That is pretty simple. Any other ways to use books in my classroom? Maybe for my kids to do presentations?
  • For books, it is a little bit more tricky...You have to look at how much you are using of the works...and in what way you are using them...
  • Well, for books it is a little bit more difficult. You can copy factual information because facts are meant to be taught (like from encyclopedias), but make sure you cite it when you use it.
  • No, you couldn't, but if you wanted to use a short few pages or quotes as part of a presentation, you should be alright. The same thing goes for things like youtube videos. You can't upload a full movie, but you could upload or use short clips from movies as long as you cite the originals.
  • So I couldn't copy the whole book so my kids don't have to purchase them?
  • okay...Could I copy like, let's say...workbook pages?
  • If you create something, you can go to the creative commons and decide how you are going to allow others to use it. Always check that information out. Even if something is covered by copyright laws, it might not be super strict!
  • But wait! I almost forgot. There are so many things in the public domain you could use that are not covered by copyright laws and you can share and use them as much as you want!
  • No. This would hurt the market that affects this work's purpose. The economic factors would be shifted if only one book needed to be bought. It would be illegal to make copies, even if it is for education.