In commitment to academic integrity and to abiding by legal requirements, Warner Pacific College will adhere to the provisions of the United States copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Members of the Warner Pacific College community will familiarize themselves with this law and comply conscientiously with the requirements. All members of the community will respect the proprietary rights of owners of copyrights and refrain from actions that infringe upon those rights. Individuals who willfully disregard copyright law place themselves at risk of civil and criminal legal action. (2005)
|United States Copyright Office||Crash Course in Copyright Online Tutorial (University of Texas, Austin)|
|Questions to the WPC Copyright Compliance Officer||WPC Fair Use Checklist for Photocopy Requests|
|Know Your Copy Rights, Assoc. of Research Libraries||Teaching Copyright Curriculum (Electronic Frontier Foundation)|
QUESTION: I want to take pictures from the Internet and insert them into a power point presentation to be used in the classroom. The subject is church history and the pictures are portraits of historical figures we will be discussing. I want the students to be able to see these people as an enhancement of the learning process.
ANSWER: This is a borderline case. Weighing the four factors of fair use: Purpose is educational - this weighs in favor of use. Nature of the work is highly creative (paintings, photographs) - this weighs against fair use. Amount is the complete work - this weighs against fair use. Effect on the market is negligible unless these digital pictures are available for purchase - this weighs in favor of use. If the websites where you find these pictures have copyright statements that state that any reproduction is prohibited, you need to get permission to use the images. It is recommended that you track down the origin of the picture and request permission to use it. This can be as simple as an email exchange. Explain what you want to use and how you want to use it. If you get permission, this should be indicated in your power point presentation in small print - "Copyright 2005 John Doe, used by permission." ANOTHER OPTION: link from your power point presentation to the website page that contains the picture. You are not making a copy, so no permission is required.
QUESTION: I want to play excerpts of musical recordings in class so that students can hear and discuss the lyrics in relation to the course content.
ANSWER: Purpose is educational - weighs in favor of use. Nature of the work is highly creative (composition & performance) - this weighs against fair use. Amount of the work is small portions - this weighs in favor of use. Effect on the market is negligible since it is not reasonable to expect the students to buy their own copies - this weighs in favor of use. Section 110 of the copyright law indicates that performance in a face-to-face teaching activity directly related to the course content are not infringements. HOWEVER, do not make copies of the recordings. Play the original, legally purchased recordings. Also, do not distribute copies to the students directly or through a third party.
QUESTION: I want to put photocopies of journal articles on reserve.
ANSWER: Please see our course reserves policy.
QUESTION: I want to use excerpts of a movie in class to illustrate psychological concepts. Can I do this?
ANSWER: As long as you are using a legally obtained copy (personal, library owned) and are not showing the entire movie, this is allowed. Making a compellation tape of excerpts from several movies is NOT allowed. Similar to the question above regarding sound recordings.
QUESTION: I want to have the students read some articles. I haven't been able to find an electronic version that they would have access to. Can I scan the articles and make a pdf version and make that available to them through the website?
ANSWER: Making an electronic copy is the same as making a paper copy. Under fair use guidelines the articles can be used once in class. If you want to use the same articles for subsequent semesters or modules/cohorts, permission will be necessary. Please contact the Copyright Officer for help finding alternatives or requesting permission from the copyright holder.
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