Respecting © In Your Online Course

You want to do the right thing, but sometimes it's hard to know just what is right. These tools were developed by the Copyright Advisory Network to help you work through the elements of the U.S. Copyright Code and make wise choices. We are able to provide them for you here through a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike license.

About these tools

Links are provided in the Tools Menu on the left. Here's what you'll find in each one.

Copyright Exceptions for Educators

Rules for use of copyrighted material in a face-to-face classroom are different than those for online courses. Use this tool when you want to determine if you may use copyrighted material in your course without asking for permission.

Is it Fair Use?

Fair Use determination can be very complex. This tool will help you determine whether or not you have a strong case for fair use of copyrighted materials.

Is it Public Domain?

Sometimes it's hard to know whether a published work is in the public domain or not. This online slider tool will show you whether your materials fall into it or not.

Reproductions by Libraries and Archives

Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code permits libraries, in certain situations, to make copies of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Use this tool to help determine if your materials are covered.

(For more specific information regarding WVU Libraries E-Reserves, please go to Faculty Instructions for Placing Items on Traditional or Electronic Reserve.)