I want to assign or present a multimedia project.

You Can:

use small portions of legally acquired copyrighted materials without permission for a limited time.

  • Students may display their multimedia projects in the tangible or virtual classroom for which the project was designed.
  • Students may retain one and not more than two copies of the project for job and/or graduate school interviews.
  • Faculty may display their own multimedia projects in face-to-face instruction, post projects to a course management system like Blackboard (turn guest access off), Wesleyan secure Web space, or use projects in peer presentations.
  • Faculty may retain one and not more than two copies of their projects and use them in job interviews, tenure reviews, etc.
  • Faculty may use their projects in classroom settings for two years.

make alterations to copyrighted work if the alterations support your educational objective, and provided that you note any changes.

Students and faculty must adhere to portion limitations (or obtain specific permission from the copyright holders to use more content).

  • Text: The lesser of up to 10% or 1000 words of a single copyrighted work. A poem or portion of a poem consisting of 250 words or less may be used, but no more that three poems by one poet, or five poems from one anthology.
  • Sound recordings, sheet music, and music videos: The lesser of 10% or 30 seconds, of a single copyrighted work.
  • Film and motion media: The lesser of 10% or three minutes of a single copyrighed work.
  • Images: not more than five images by one artist, and/or the lesser of up to 10% or 15 images from a single copyrighted collection.

Faculty cannot:

  • use multimedia projects beyond two years after the initial instructional use (without getting specific permission from the copyright holders to do so).

Students and faculty cannot:

  • distribute multimedia projects beyond the secure Wesleyan community (without getting specific permission from the copyright holders to do so).

Students and faculty must:

  • carefully credit each source (author, date, title, place, publisher). For citing Internet materials, inclue author, title, full Web address, and the date accessed.
  • provide the copyright information for each source (© symbol, date and name of copyright holder).
  • be mindful when downloading material from the internet. It is your responsiblity to make sure that the material that you are using is legally reproduced (used with permission, or in the public domain). Look for copyright notices, permissions, check orginal sources or write to the page's Web master.
  • include a notice in the beginning of the presentation, which identifies your project as having been prepared according to educational multimedia fair use guidelines, and may not be used for any other purpose.
  • if you think that you will exceed fair use at anytime, it is best to secure permissions as you develop your project, rather than waiting until you need permission.
  • A permission letter should include information on the nature of your project, intended use and possible future use.

For assistance

Allynn Wilkinson, Digitization Specialist, awilkinson@wesleyan.edu, ext. 4954 (for questions on digitization)

For more information

United States Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/
The Teach Act Toolkit: NCSU Libraries http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/scc/legislative/teachkit/
Consortium of College and University Media Centers' Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia, http://www.ccumc.org/copyright/ccguides.html
Copyright on Campus http://www.copyrightoncampus.com/
Education World http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr280e.shtml
Fair Use and Faculty Multimedia Projects from Haverfordhttp://www2.haverford.edu/library/reference/rkieft/copyright.html
Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web from UMUC http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.html
Internet Public Library: Books http://www.ipl.org/div/books/
CCC's Using Course Management Systems http://www.copyright.com/media/pdfs/Using-Course-Management-Systems.pd
Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/
Creative Commons search http://search.creativecommons.org/
Web Law FAQ http://www.patents.com/weblaw.htm 
Chilling Effects http://www.chillingeffects.org/
Russell, C. (2004) Complete Copyright, An Everyday Guide for Librarians. American Library Association.
Stim, R. (2004) Getting permission, how to license & clear copyrighted materials online & off. Berkeley, Nolo
Butler, R. P. (2004). Copyright for teachers and librarians. New York, Neal-Schuman Publishers.
Crews, K. D. (2000). Copyright essentials for librarians and educators. Chicago, IL, American Library Association.
Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and copywrongs: the rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity. New York, New York University Press.


Copyright Management Center http://www.copyright.iupui.edu/fuscenarios.htm