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Copyright Resources for Multimedia
Baruch's College Guide for Multimedia Use
Free, interactive guide helps faculty determine appropriate copyright guidelines to follow in using different types of copyright-protected media in courses. Requires Flash Player.
The Code of best Practices of Fair Use of Media in Literacy Education
Copyright law provides a classroom exception in Section 110(1) that allows instructors to display or show entire copyrighted works during the course of a face-to-face classroom session. This exception exists independently of fair use and may be a more applicable option for exposing students to copyrighted material.
Guidelines for Multimedia
Guidelines for Using Multi-Media
Multimedia works are created by combining copyrighted media elements such as motion media, music, other sounds, graphics, and text. It is recommended that you use only small portions of other people's works.
What is considered a small portion?
- Motion media: Up to 10% or three minutes, whichever is less.
- Text: Up to 10% or 1,000 words, whichever is less. (The limits on poetry are more restrictive.)
- Music: Up to 10% of an individual copyrighted musical composition, or up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition embodied on a sound recording. However, no more than 30 seconds may be used without gaining permission from the copyright owner or licensing collective.
- Illustrations and photos: Under the guidelines, "a photograph or illustration may be used in its entirety, but no more than five images by one artist or photographer may be incorporated into any one multimedia program. From a published collective work, not more than 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, may be used."
- Numerical Data Sets: Up to 10% or 2,5000 fields or cell entries, whichever is less.
The following guidelines allow you to use multimedia without permission of lawfully acquired copyrighted works.
- You may incorporate portions of copyrighted works when creating your own multimedia projects for educational or instructional (not commercial) purposes.
- Students may incorporate "portions" of copyrighted materials for a project in a specific course.
- Students may display their own projects, use them in their portfolio, use the project for a job interview or as supporting materials in an application for school.
- Faculty may use their projects for class assignments, curriculum materials, remote instruction, for conferences, presentations, or workshops, or for their professional portfolio.
- Give attribution to the original source of all copyrighted material used.
- Place a copyright notice on the opening screen of the multimedia program and accompanying print material that "certain materials are included under fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law...and are restricted from further use."
- Fair use of the copyrighted materials expires at the end of two years. To use the project again you need to obtain permission.
Video Clip Decision Tree
Visual Guide for Media Fair Use
Created by Penn State library staff, this guide provides a decision tree graphic that helps you identifiy if use of a video clip is within the copyright guidelines.
Social Media Copyright
Social Media Copyright
This Guide from Colorado State University outlines information about copyright for social media content.
Twitter Terms of Service (TOS)
Twitter users grant Twitter a license to make Tweets available to other Twitter users.
Facebook Terms of Service
The Facebook user owns "all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings."
Pinterest Terms of Service
Pinterest can use your content on its site because you have agreed to give them a license to use it as described in this agreement, without payment. The Pinterest copyright statement includes a link where you can file a complaint against someone you feel has violated your copyright.