Nadine Shadruff

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What is copyright?Copyright and Fair Use laws exist in order to protect a person's intellectual work, whether it be a graphic, picture, music, or writings. As a teacher, if you find yourself disobeying and not following copyright rules and guidelines, you can find yourself in some legal trouble. You can prevent yourself from having any problems or legal issues by completing a few simple tasks. First of all, you must ask permission before using one's work.You can find this contact information on the packet, book, website, etc. Then, once you have that contact inofrmation, e-mail the person explaining your need and use for the material. Make sure you save a copy of the permission from the person just to be safe and to prevent any future problems.

Be careful when you download, install, or copy sowftware. One of the most common mistakes younger people make is illegally downloading music without having the proper rights of usage. Teachers should always check with their school to use their specific guidelines for legally using copyright material in order to avoid any violations. Also, it is crucial to be aware of the fact that copying or installing software on more than one computer could even be illegal; you have to check the site license first. Copright is protected under federal law. Only the owners of the copyrights have the right to copy, display, or distribute versions of their works. Thus, you must follow the copyright protections rules, also known as the Fair Use.

Question: As a future teacher, how can we make sure we do not violate any copyright rules and regulations when we wish to use materials such as chapters from a particular piece of literature? By: Nadine Shadruff


What is Fair Use?Fair use means you are not allowed to copy or distribute a person's work without requesting and expressing permission from the copyright holder. For example, when teachers wish to make copies and use these specific sections, chapters, etc. from a person's work in their own classroom, there are specific copyright rules that they must follow; the most important ones being to get permission, and follow your school's guidelines so you know what you're allowed to print and the quantity of how much you are allowed to print. You can learn William Paterson University's copyright guidelines by using the link in the pink text box labeled "Resources" at the bottom left hand corner of my site.



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