We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.
Libraries & Spaces
Teaching & Copyright
Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching
Copyright law recognizes the need for professors and students to be able to use copyrighted works in the course of teaching activities. For expanded information on permissible copying, single copies for research and teaching use, multiple copies for classroom use, multimedia use, and more:
- Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (United States Copyright Office)
- Using Copyrighted Materials in Your Classroom (Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning)
- Know Your Copy Rights - What You Can Do (Association of Research Libraries)
Under the fair use doctrine, you may use limited portions of copyrighted material in your work without the permission of the copyright owner. Before using a work under the fair use doctrine, however, you will need to evaluate whether your use qualifies as fair, which must be done on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the following four factors:
- The purpose and character of your use
- The nature of the copyrighted work
- The amount and substantiality of the portion taken
- The effect of the use upon the potential market
In short, the fair use determination will depend on how much of the copyrighted work you are using and how you are using it. The sites listed below explain these four factors in depth and will help you evaluate whether your use qualifies as fair use.
- Fair Use (Stanford University Libraries)
- Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials (University of Texas Libraries)
- Fair Use (Center for Media and Social Impact)
Tests for Fair Use
There are limits to using copyrighted materials, even if you are a student or a faculty member. To be safe, try out some of these resources to evaluate that you are using copyrighted materials "fairly":
- Thinking Through Fair Use (University of Minnesota)
- Fair Use Evaluator (Michael Brewer & ALA Office for Information Technology Policy)
Performances and displays in an online/ distance education setting: the T.E.A.C.H. Act
The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act pertains to the use of copyrighted digital materials (e.g. video) in distance eduction settings.
The TEACH act applies only if a set of strict conditions is fulfilled. For further information:
- The TEACH Act and some Frequently Asked Questions (American Library Association)
- The TEACH Act (Univeristy of Texas Libraries)
Important, please note: If a proposed use does not qualify for consideration under the TEACH Act, if may still be an instance of Fair Use (about which, see above).