My use of [choose any or all] video, articles, books, images, music is educational so I can put it in Brightspace... right?
Educational use addresses the "purpose" of the use but is only one of four factors that must be considered. Nature, amount, and effect on the market must be considered as well. See the Fair Use Checklist for determining Fair Use.
Can I put my textbook on e-reserve?
This is not permissible under copyright law. In some cases one chapter on e-reserve is permissible under fair use. Have you considered using open access textbooks to help your students save money? For more information see our Open Educational Resources Research Guide.
Should I use YouTube videos in my Brightspace class?
I found an article in one our databases this morning—I want students in my online class to read it this week. Can I copy and paste it into Black Board?
See the e-reserves box in the Best Practices tab for more information.
What are the rules for downloading audio and video content from a public site (like Reuters/NYtimes/AP/etc.) and providing that video for students in a blended classroom environment?
Embedding copyrighted content (streaming video from a public site like You Tube, NY Times, or other freely available sites) is not permissible. It is permissible, however, to post a link to the streaming content so that viewers can access it themselves—try to make sure the link is to a legitimate source.
Can I stream an entire video through my Brightspace course site?
What are the rules for providing students with content that they have access to through the UMA library databases in a blended or purely online classroom?
Any content used in the online classroom and shared with students should be provided via e-reserves. If that is not possible, a chapter from a book for example, provide a scanned copy to the e-reserves librarian for uploading in the e-reserves folder.
What are the rules for posting instructor resources online? What about PPT files that accompany a textbook?
Check the contract from the vendor. In many cases, the files may be uploaded onto Brightspace if it is to be used in conjunction with the textbook, but to be on the safe side, check the contract on the DVD itself.
Are there any copyright exceptions for online courses?
Yes. See information on the TEACH (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization) Act of 2002 and Fair Use elsewhere in this guide.