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Copyright: Traditional Classroom Instruction

Traditional Classroom Instruction

Traditional Classroom Instruction / Physical Face-to-Face Instruction:

The Classroom Use Exemption (17 U.S.C. §110(1)) applies to the limited use of legitimate (legally acquired) copies of music, printed word, images or video copyrighted materials in a traditional classroom or face-to-face instruction setting when the instructor(s) and the student(s) of a non-for-profit educational institution are in a place devoted to instruction and the teaching and learning take place at the same time. When all of these conditions are simultaneously met, the exemption gives both instructors and students performance and display rights any works. 

The Classroom Use Exemption does not give instructors and students the right to make or distribute (handout) copies of works in the classroom. The right to make or distribute (handout) copies of works, for which you do not own the copyright, in the classroom comes from First Sale Doctrine (17 U.S.C. §109), Fair Use (17 U.S.C. §107), Public Domain, Open Access, and/or License Agreement/Terms of Use. With the recent emergence of copyright litigation in academic settings, the commonly accepted library guidelines for Fair Use are starting to transition from the traditional guidelines discussed below to concept of the "the heart of work" being the most heavily protected by copyright law.  See the Fair Use tab for more details.