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Using Copyrighted Works for Educational Purposes

Fair Use for Education--Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying...With Respect to Books and Periodicals
(see page 7)

Reproductions by Libraries or Archives for their Users, for Replacement, or for Preservation. This Section 108 digital spinner offers concise guidance for reproducing copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright FAQs

Fair Use Checklist Know Your Copy Rights" What You Can Do, and Copyright and FairUse Guidelines for Teachers: a chart.

Best Practices for Interpreting Fair Use

Can I Use Someone Else's Work? Can Someone Else Use Mine?

Multimedia Projects for Educational Purposes

American University's Center for Social Media offers The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education to help educators interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use when using media literacy concepts and techniques. The Center for Social Media has also created the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, which helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in making online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Also useful for the purpose of addressing copyright when creating multimedia content is the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use.

Advocates of open educational resources created a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare in an effort to provide guidance to institutions and others that promote learning through universal access to high-quality educational material organized as courses. MIT's introduction of OpenCourseWare, begun in 2002, was the impetus for subsequent initiatives in worldwide access to knowledge, culminating in the Open Educational Resources Commons.

The American Musicological Society has developed a document to assist scholars writing about music to interpret the fair use doctrine for their research purposes. See Best Practices in the Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials in Music Scholarship for the AMS's statement, which focuses largely on the first and third fair use factors.

The Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-Related Materials was produced by the Dance Heritage Coalition and endorsed by a number of dance associations. The purpose of the document is to clarify what professionals working with dance-related materials regard as reasonable application of the fair use doctrine.

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