The following is a flow-chart to help you decide if you can use/copy an item for educational purposes.
Please remember: This website should not be construed as a substitute for legal advice, nor does it guarantee complete accuracy or comprehensiveness on the subject of copyright. Please consult an attorney for specific situations.
Do you have permission to use this work? If yes, copy/use as directed.
If you do not have permission: is the work in the public domain? If yes, copy/use.
If the work is not in the public domain, can you use/copy it according to the tenets of fair use? If yes, copy/use.
If you cannot use the fair use exemption, if you are teaching a distance education course, you may be able to use the TEACH Act as an exemption. If yes, copy/use.
If you cannot use the TEACH Act as an exemption, does this work fit other exemptions, such as statutory exemptions, purchasing of licenses or rights...
If none of the above exemptions fit, do not copy/use this work.
The following chart could prove useful for specific "can I copy" situations
(Note that Grossmont College is not responsible for the accuracy of this chart): http://www.halldavidson.net/copyright_chart.pdf
Take halldavidson quizzes I and II to see how well you understand copyright
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