As teachers move from the classroom to the cloud, I am fielding a lot of questions related to copyright laws. In this blog post, I offer guidance on copyright laws and fair use guidelines as they relate to educational materials. As an educator myself, I understand the desire to provide resources to students at whatever cost, but urge educators to respect copyright, and lead by example.
What is a copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection that is automatically given to creators of literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, and intellectual works. (Copyright exists immediately and automatically when the work is created in a tangible way.) The author of the work has the sole right to make copies of the work, distribute copies of the work, perform the work publicly, display the work publicly, and make modifications or adaptations to the work.