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Copyright Guidelines for Teachers

Teachers first need to be aware of the basic guidelines for copyright and model correct behavior at all times. In addition to understanding and obeying basic copyright guidelines, teachers have an even greater responsibility to respect these guidelines when using work that is created by others. Below is a graphic from Connect Safely that can help explain the standards teachers are expected to adhere to. You can also find more information from the links to the right.

Recent Copyright Modifications

Scholastic's Read-Aloud Permissions
Scholastic's temporary lifting of restrictions during Covid-19

Identifying Books for Live and Recorded Storytimes with Students
Article from Library of Congress giving suggestions on how to find authors and publishers who are giving temporary permissions to read their stories.

List of Publishers with Modified Guidelines
School Library Journal COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory

Updated Information on Temporary Lifting of Copyright Restrictions for Read-Alouds on YouTube
COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory

Publishers Adapt Policies to Help Educators
School Library Journal announces, "As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies."

The Educator's Guide to Creativity and Copyright

Copyright and Primary Sources
Library of Congress - Resources for Teachers

Educational Uses of Non-Coursepack Materials
Stanford University

What is Fair Use?
YouTube - About Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright a Little Fuzzy?
Copyright Flowchart: Can I use it?

Copyright: Distance Education and the TEACH Act
American Library Association

Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians
United States Copyright Office - Circular 21 - Revised 08/2014

Copyright Crash Course
University of Texas

Copyright Quick Guide
Columbia University

Fair Use and Other Educational Uses
University of Chicago

Public Domain Frequently Asked Questions
Duke Law - Center for the Study of the Public Domain