How can you determine if you can legally use copyrighted images, documents or videos in your course materials? You may be familiar with the concept of Fair use, which sets the rules for academic use of copyrighted information. The Teach Act also applies to educational use. Here are some decision trees and checklists that will help you decide if it is OK to use copyrighted materials in your course materials, whether in class or online. If you are still not sure, you can receive expert help from the UNTHSC Library.
- Fair Use from YouTube
Videos with helpful examples of Fair use and additional resources.
- Video Clip Decision Tree
From Penn State libraries.
- Can I use this Image?
Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images.
- TEACH Act Flow Chart
Duke University – Can this material be digitized?
- TEACH Act Checklist
Checklist for determining if use of materials falls within requirements of TEACH Act from NSU.
- TEACH Act Toolkit
Checklists, background information, and other information on the TEACH Act from LSU.
- TEACH Act and Online Teaching
Information on the TEACH Act from FSU’s Office of Distance Learning.