Skip to Main Content

Copyright Essentials

Best Practices for Fair Use

Center for Social  Media Impact (American University) provides best practices & videos on 

codes & best practices (by discipline)

Academic libraries


Documentary Filmmaking

Online Video

Open Courseware

Orphaned Works (for which an author cannot be identified or located)


Visual Arts (2015)

Multimedia Project Guide

Read Paige Chapman's Chronicle of Higher Education article about a new study by Jackson State professors, titled “Copying Right and Copying Wrong With Web 2.0 Tools in the Teacher Education and Communications Classrooms.”  It attempts to educate students about both the appropriate and inappropriate ways to use copyrighted materials when creating multimedia projects.

Link to the 18-page guide in pdf format.

What can faculty safely place in Canvas?

Best Practice:  submit library reserve requests, then, in canvas, link to that single course reserve link for your course's items. By doing this, the library checks on and seeks permissions and pays fees.

Links to materials found on the open Web.

Link to or embed code to a video from any of the Library's streaming documentary films.

Permalinks or URLs to any of the Library's full text journal articles from its databases (do not place the pdf files in Canvas).

Up to 10% of a copyrighted textual work for which you have a legally obtained print copy. (You have to scan it yourself, unless you make a course reserve request through the Library. In the latter case, library staff will do the scanning and place the item on e-reserve in the Library site. Library staff will also take care to check on fair use.)

Creative Commons' licensed materials. Read license carefully and make an attribution. (See "Permissions" page of this guide and the CC section)

chat loading...