Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. Fines for breaking the laws of copyrights can be very expensive, and can reach up to $250,000. That’s crazy!

The four tests for fair use involve:

  • The purpose of the material being used -for educational purposed or commercial purposes?
  • The nature of the work- Is the work published or unpublished?
  • How much of the original work you’re actually using
  • The value of the work being copied, or the effect of your use of in in the market.

Copyright is taken pout on an abundance of things. The type of media that is copyrighted matters because the are some exceptions, such as for uses of education. More damage can be done infringing the copyright laws of computer software, therefore the fine is larger. There are different rules, guidelines, and exceptions for copyrights pertaining to each type of media.

One comment

  1. wenzelm · November 3, 2015

    I like your summary of the four fair use rules. They help to create general guidelines for teachers to follow and model for their students. To make your postings even better, I would encourage you to add more hyperlinks in the form of resources or other websites from class that you might use in your own classroom someday. For example, were there any sites that might help you teach copyright issues to your students?


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