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Put together by Renee Hobbs and Kristen Hokanson of Temple University's Media Education Lab



Five Basic Principles of Best Practices in Fair Use:


Educators can:

  1. make copies of newspaper articles, TV shows, and other copyrighted works and use them for educational use
  2. create curriculum materials and scholarship with copyrighted materials embedded
  3. share, sell and distribute curriculum materials with copyrighted materials embedded


Learners can:

  1. use copyrighted works in creatin new material
  2. distribute their works digitally if they meet the transformativeness standard.


What is Transformative Use?

"When a user of copyrighted materials adds value to, or repurposes materials for a use different from that for which it was originally intended, it will likely be considered transformative use; it will also likely be considered fair use. Fair use embraces the modifying of existing media content, placing it in new context," writes Joyce Valenza in the School Library Journal


Frequently Asked Questions:











Resources on Copyright Laws for Teachers:


The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy
Research report funding by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Curriculum Materials: Teaching about Copyright and Fair Use


The Center for Social Media at American University
Check the links for Resources and Fair Use. Lots of helpful info.

A Visit to Copyright Bay

Copyright Law and Information

Copyright Resources from Hall Davidson
(just below his Workshop Resources)

Copyright Crash Course from the University of Texas

Copyright Law for Distance Education

Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use Site

The TEACH Toolkit: An Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education

U.S. Copyright Office

Lesson Plans for Teaching about Copyright:


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