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CopyRIGHT!: Copyright FAQs

A Deeper Dive into Copyright

These questions and answers should not be construed as legal advice. These are general guidelines.

ArrowWhen teaching in a classroom, how can I use copyrighted materials?

ArrowExactly how much of a material can I use and have it be considered fair use?

ArrowHow do I obtain permission for copyrighted materials in the classroom when fair use is not an option?

What are the guidelines when creating course packs?

ArrowCan I use copyrighted materials on Canvas? What about a class website?

ArrowCan I use Canvas for reserves? Can students download articles I've put on Canvas?

ArrowCan I link to a website on Canvas or class website?

ArrowAre images I find on the Internet under copyright? Can I use them in my teaching?

ArrowCan I email articles to students?

ArrowHow can I use more freely accessible materials in my teaching?



American University Library. (2010). What faculty need to know about copyright for teaching. Retrieved from

Butler, R. P. (2014). Copyright for academic librarians and professionals. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. This material can be found here.

Legal Information Institute. 17 U.S. Code § 110 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays. Retrieved from

Websites With Free Images

Copyright law plays a big part in how you can use and re-use materials in  your scholarly work.  Before re-using an image, check whether it is free for reuse.

For more detailed information about copyright laws and fair use guidelines, please refer to our CopyRight! guide.

A row of filters will appear with your search results.  Click on License to determine which images are free to reuse.

Click on Tools, then on Usage Rights and select "labeled for reuse". 

Click on Any License and choose images "free to share and use".

Copyright Basics

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