The U.S. Copyright Office provides minimum standards for what is considered educational fair use under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright law. Multiple copies (not to exceed more than one copy per student in a course) may be made by or for the instructor for classroom use or discussion if the following guidelines are followed.
The 2002 Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) amended §110(2) to expand the scope to educators in the remote classroom setting, provided certain specific requirements are met. Although the use rights provided by the TEACH Act are similar to those for face-to-face classroom teaching, there are still important limitations on those rights in the distance education context. For example, whereas an entire film or video may be shown in a physical classroom if related to the course, only “reasonable and limited portions” of films and videos may be shown in the distance education setting. It is important for faculty to understand what the TEACH Act does and does not allow, and to remember that the Fair Use Doctrine is still available and may allow a use in distance education that would not be allowed by the TEACH Act.
Visit the Crash Course in Copyright from the University of Texas for more information, a toolkit, and a checklist.
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Sometimes a video under copyright protection and owned by the University of Iowa Libraries can be shown in a group setting, while other times it cannot. Additionally, some videos owned by the Libraries were obtained with public performance rights which may allow them to be shown under certain circumstances. See the following guidelines:
How to check if UI has public performance rights to a film
The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use. This series from Education World provides educators with information on copyright in the classroom.
Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has created a site to help explain the limitations and exceptions for copyright, which enable libraries to preserve and make available works.
Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians from the U.S. Copyright Office.