ERIC Number: ED402920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives. One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
This nonlegislative report presents guidelines for the interpretation of the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976. Technological developments since 1976 have necessitated the re-interpretation of the fair use exemption contained in the Copyright Act by copyright owners and the educational community to allow educators to apply the Act appropriately. The guidelines in this report were agreed upon by the majority of institutions and organizations affected by educational multimedia. While only the courts can decide whether a particular use of a copyrighted work fits within the fair use exemption, these guidelines represent the participants' consensus view of what constitutes the fair use of a portion of a work included in a multimedia educational project. Permitted educational uses and specific portion and time limitations are included to help educators, scholars, and students more easily identify whether using a portion of a certain copyrighted work constitutes a fair use of that work. The guidelines grant a relative degree of certainty that a use within the guideline will not be perceived as an infringement of the Copyright Act by the endorsing copyright owners, and that permission for such use will not be required. Appendices include lists of organizations, individual companies, institutions, and United States governmental agencies endorsing the guidelines; and organizations participating in guideline development. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Compliance (Legal), Copyrights, Educational Media, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Fair Use (Copyrights), Federal Regulation, Government Role, Information Utilization, Legal Responsibility, Multimedia Materials, Publishing Industry, Reprography, Technological Advancement
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Copyright Law 1976