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Copyright: Distance Learning Courses and Blackboard

What's Copyright and Fair Use? This LibGuide is designed to help the students, faculty and staff understand the difference between fair use and copyright infringement. It offers simplified tables, videos, and even a quiz to test one's copyright knowledge.

Distance Learning Courses and Canvas

If instructors and/or institutions wish to take advantage of the opportunities provided

by the TEACH Act for using copyrighted materials, they must reasonably:


1. Inform instructors, students, and staff of copyright laws and policies

2. Incorporate performance of others’ works sparingly or only if a faculty member or the institution possesses a legal copy of the work (i.e. by purchase, license, fair use, interlibrary loan, etc.)

3. List appropriate citations and attributions to the source

4. Include a copyright notice (e.g., The materials on this course web site are copyrighted and intended for use only by students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course, and they may not be retained or further disseminated.)

5. Limit access only to students enrolled in the class and terminate access at the end of the semester

6. Prevent further copying or redistribution of copyrighted works

7. Avoid interfering with copy protection mechanisms

8. Obtain permission for materials that will be used repeatedly by the same instructor for the same class

9. Avoid digitizing an entire literary or musical dramatic work

10. Use the same amount of performances of any works that you would use in a face-to-

face classroom (i.e., video clips, prose excerpts)

Copyright Permission LINKS

You can obtain copyright permission via these suggested resources:

**For multiple copies of a journal article, check the NYIT Journal Locator (,uid&profile=pfi).  The article might be available online in one of the library’s databases, and then a link to the article can be posted.

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