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ERIC Number: EJ1036869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: EISSN-1556-3847
Training Your Faculty about Copyright When the Lawyer Isn't Looking
Tobin, Thomas J.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v17 n2 Sum 2014
Administrators in higher-education institutions are faced with an often-conflicting landscape of laws, court cases, adopted practices, rules of thumb, and folk wisdom related to copyright concerns on their campuses. Ask any ten faculty member and receive ten different responses about what constitutes fair use, who owns content created for courses, and what intellectual-property rights apply to faculty members and the institution. Part of the challenge for higher-education administrators is that a deep understanding of copyright requires much more study and training than most faculty members are able to spare beyond their subject areas. Based on the questions the author has received at many of his copyright workshops and lectures since 2000, faculty members are often hungry for clear and simple guidance in three key areas: (1) use of copyrighted materials for teaching purposes; (2) ownership of content created by faculty members; and (3) the rights of individuals and institutions under various intellectual-property ownership-agreement structures. This article will guide higher-education administrators in adopting policies and practices for their campuses that are easy to remember and apply, and that: (1) provide rule-of-thumb ways to define fair use of copyrighted content; (2) highlight alternative means of providing access to copyrighted content; and (3) suggest the most common models of ownership and rights associated with intellectual property and multimedia content created by faculty members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A