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Under the fair use rule of copyright law, a person may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission.
For Printed Materials:
For Multimedia Materials:
Multimedia works are created by combining copyrighted elements such as movies, music, sounds, graphics, and text. It is recommended that you use only small portions of other people's works.
(For more information about CONFU please see the Photocopying & Copyright tab)
Distributing Copies of Materials:
Citing Materials from the Internet:
Fair use exemptions of the copyrighted materials expire at the end of two years. To use the multimedia project beyond two years requires the permission of the copyright holder.
Posting an item to Canvas does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. Instructors are encouraged to follow copyright best practices, listed in order of preference:
1. Link to your article from a library database (see below for more information)
2. When all else fails, complete a Fair Use Evaluation, scan your article, and then upload it to Canvas
3. Fair use does not allow for repeated use over multiple semesters. For repeated use you will have to contact the publisher and request permission (see the Requesting Permissions tab on this guide).
Additional Resource: Using Course Management Systems: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance
Please see the following chart for examples of items that are allowed and not allowed:
(Please note that these are suggested guidelines based on one interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Law. If in doubt, it is always advisable to error on the side of caution and complete a Fair Use Evaluation.)
Persistent Links: If you copy a database link from your Internet browser into Canvas, that link will eventually stop working because it is a dynamic, non-static link. To eliminate this problem, most database suppliers now offer persistent links for their articles. Persistent links (also known as persistent URLs) are stable links that will consistently take students to a particular full-text article in a library database.
For assistance see PURLS
Note: to ensure access by off-campus users, use persistent links.