You might think that liberal arts students are the only ones who need to understand copyright law, but future photographers, animators, writers, and artists are actually the ones who might be suing students one day. As students rush to complete assignments, one of the last things on their minds is copyright law. The temptation to pluck resources from just about anywhere is often too great for some students, and others are simply unaware that rules and regulations protecting the use of art and content even exist. But the fact is that these rules do exist, and regardless of knowledge, students are expected to play by these rules. We’ve highlighted 15 copyright rules that are the most important to students, and also the most often ones misunderstood.
Copyright explanation for students
15 Copyright Rules Every Student Should Know
Fair Use Evaluator
What this tool can do for you:
- Help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code.
- Collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation.
- Provide you with a time-stamped, PDF document for your records [example], which could prove valuable, should you ever be asked by a copyright holder to provide your fair use evaluation and the data you used to support it.
- Provide access to educational materials, external copyright resources, and contact information for copyright help at local & national levels.
What this tool cannot do for you:
- This tool does not provide legal advice. It records the information you provide it as well as your own judgment on the fairness of the use.
- Only a court of law can definitively rule on whether a use is fair or unfair. This tool does not assume or predict a court outcome.
Copyright Clearance Center has created a video that discusses copyright and the use of the materials of others without permission. Each student should watch this video before beginning work on the project.
To prevent issues with using copyrighted information, look for Creative Commons licenses. This video will explain how Creative Commons works. Check it out and use the links below as well as the copyright free images on the "Images" and "Sounds" tabs to gather resources for your project.
Creative Commons Video available here
Copyright for Kids
Copyright can be a confusing and often frustrating issue. Many tend to often dismiss it, assuming they won't get caught. However, in this day and age, with educators and students alike posting their content on sites such as youtube and the like, the chances of getting caught are quite high. Therefore, it is important to know what is OK to use, what is not, and how to use other people's content ethically and legally. Copyright for Kids provides most of the information you need to know.