This page includes frequently asked questions regarding copyright when teaching online. For a more comprehensive overview of frequently asked copyright questions, visit the FAQ on this guide:
Yes, sometimes. Below are common questions related to streaming videos to Blackboard. Contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes. You can browse for streaming films from our "Big Red Box" or directly within our Films on Demand database (see links below).
If you do not find the film you need within our databases, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to determine your options for making a film accessible on Blackboard or finding an alternative resource, as this process may take several weeks.
Due to copyright restrictions, this is not always possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to determine your options for making a DVD accessible on Blackboard or finding an alternative resource, as this process may take several weeks.
No. Posting a recording that includes a viewing of a film would violate copyright guidelines. Contact email@example.com for alternatives.
Find the durable link of the article in the database (this is not always the URL at the top of your browser). You will also want to ensure that students can access this link from on and off campus by making sure the link has this prefix attached to it:
For more information, visit:
A good rule of thumb is that you may digitize less than 10% of a book for Blackboard
Generally only one semester is considered fair use if the library does not own or subscribe to the resource. Contact your librarians for more help in evaluating course materials and fair use.
Fair Use is an exception to the rights held by copyright owners to be used in the pursuit of research and scholarly progression. Fair Use is also a commonly misused term as it is considered to be a gray area of copyright law. Understanding Fair Use is essential in properly utilizing it and properly using Fair Use is essential to scholarship and academia.
The TEACH Act is a revised part of U.S. Copyright law regarding the display and transition of copyright protected materials by accredited, nonprofit educational institutions, especially as it relates to the use of resources in an online teaching environment. For more information about the TEACH Act, see below!