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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft

Michael Seadle (2006)

Copyright in the Networked World: Copies in Courses

Library Hi Tech, 24(2):305–310.

Purpose ? This column looks at questions from teaching faculty about the use
of copyright protected materials in an online course.
Design/methodology/approach ? Copyright guidelines are considered. The US
TEACH Act and Fair Use statutes are examined, as well as how to make a risk
assessment for the institution. Findings ? US universities have a reasonable
freedom to use protected materials in the virtual equivalent of face-to-face
teaching, as long as it costs the rights holders no loss of expected income
and as long as it takes into account the litigiousness of certain firms and
associations. Originality/value ? Each copyright use assessment has unique
circumstances, but a discussion of the reasoning behind an actual case helps
to build a community of good practice that strengthens similar assessments.
Keywords Copyright law, Risk assessment, Law enforcement Paper type Case