How might an online or blended classroom teacher use Fair Use when gathering resources for educational purposes?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use.
Online and blended classrooms rely heavily on media. The teacher may link videos, post pictures, post article and or even play sound bites to provide a learning point in the lesson.
What observations have you made about Fair Use and the TEACH Act and how has it changed your approach to finding reliable content for your students?
Fair Use and the TEACH Act has changed my approach to finding reliable content by opening many doors. There are valuable scholarly resources that can be found online. These resources are often created in a higher quality than the teacher would be able to create, such as a video. Without the fear of violating a copyright law I feel confident that I can find and use many sources to provide my students with the best learning experience possible.
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