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Copyright @SVCC: Copyright in the Classroom

Basic introduction to copyright in the educational environment.

In the Classroom: What Does the Law Say?

Section 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following are not infringements of copyright:

(1) performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made;

Consider Before Copying

  • Use of materials must clearly support learning outcomes
  • A legally acquired source must be used for copying
  • Consumable materials may not be copied (workbooks, exercises, tests & answer sheets)
  • Works required to be be purchased for a course may not be copied

Sharing Print Materials

  • Amount copied is no more than needed for instruction
  • No more than one copy per enrolled student
  • Copies are provided only for the duration of the course
  • If the material becomes a regular part of the curriculum, permission will be needed
  • Attribution must be provided for the content creator

Showing Videos

  • Use of the video is for instruction and not entertainment
  • Audience is limited to students enrolled in the course
  • No fee is collected
  • There is no limit on the amount or duration that may be used for classroom instruction


Copyright / In the Classroom

University of South Florida

Teaching and educational use 

University of Minnesota

Copyright in the Classroom

Regents of the University of California

Using Copyright Materials in the Classroom

UC Berkeley


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