CLEAR Copyright Guide for Instructors
Know what you CAN DO when using others' work in your teaching.
Keep it SIMPLE — link whenever possible
In most cases, you can eliminate the need for permission or fees by simply providing a link to a work instead of making copies of it.
What about when linking won't do?
You still have options!
Below are several common situations in which you're free to share works with students in your face-to-face or online classroom without permission or fees.
When the circumstances might reasonably be judged as fair use or protected under the Teach Act rules, you can use copyrighted works in your teaching without obtaining permission.
Because creators routinely offer their works directly to others on the web, Creative Commons devised tools to provide standardized methods of granting copyright permissions to their creative work.
Our library has licenses that allow you to share works with your students in your face-to-face or online classroom.
Works in the public domain aren't protected by copyright, so you can use them freely.
Section 110(1) of the Copyright Law of the US allows for teaching performances and displays of protected works in a face-to-face classroom setting.
At a Glance:
Who can you talk to for advice and help?
- Contact your CLEAR Instructional Consultant
- Contact your library liaison
- Contact the UNT Library's Scholarly Communications
Search these multiple sources to Locate Usable Works — text, images, videos, audio
Use the Avoiding Risk Table for determining risk in using others' works
Research in-depth information from other external sources in Resources
Use this Fair Use Analysis Checklist to help you evaluate the work you plan to use