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The following are general guidelines for photocopying materials in support of your classroom lecture. These suggested guidelines are based on an interpretation of Circular 21. Please note that these best practices may not fit every situation and it's advisable that you still conduct a Fair Use Evaluation.
Note: Multimedia projects that are educationally-related are only valid for a duration of two years from the date of creation. After the two year period has expired the content can no longer be displayed.
The following are suggested limits for copying music in support of your classroom lecture. These suggested limits are based on an interpretation of guidelines that were developed during CONFU (Conference on Fair Use). The use of portions larger than those described here may also be permissible, but the user must test a particular application against all four factors of the Fair Use Doctrine contained in the law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Sec. 107) to determine if it qualifies as fair.
It is permissible to create a compilation CD of separate music tracks for classroom use, if it adheres to the proportions and limits
CONFU guidelines clarify the application of fair use of copyrighted works in the digital educational environment. CONFU guidelines are particularly useful for educators and students who are working on educationally-related projects like video podcasting, multimedia projects utilizing sound and videos.
Based on CONFU guidelines educators and students do not need to get copyright permissions if they make a good faith effort to adhere to the suggested limits for multimedia (see Educational Guidelines tab).
Exemptions for nonprofit libraries and archives are covered in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (Specifically, Section 404 of the DMCA amends the exemption in section 108 of the Copyright Act to accommodate digital technologies and evolving preservation practices).