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A guide to help CSU faculty, staff, and students answer questions about copyright. THE INFORMATION ON THIS GUIDE DOES NOT SERVE AS LEGAL ADVICE.


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Welcome to this guide to copyright for CSU students, faculty, and staff. In this guide you'll find resources about what copyright is and how it works, whether you're a student, faculty member, or staff member. If you have any questions or would like to meet one-on-one to talk through a copyright question, feel free to contact me (my info is to the right).

Please note: nothing on this guide is meant to serve as legal advice; nor is it intended as a replacement for legal counsel.

Key Library Resources

Key Online Resources

ENG 308 Activity

Choose one of the two scenarios below to explore with 1-3 classmates. 

  • Scenario #1 – A teacher scans excerpts from various library-licensed journals, print textbooks, and other sources to create a single PDF coursepack. He posts the coursepack in his Blackboard course shell for students to use during the semester. Is this likely to be a fair use? Work through the four factors together. 
  • Scenario #2 - A teacher wants her students to create multimodal projects on a public wiki. The projects will consist of webpages with images, videos, and text, some created by the students, and some added from other sources. The students will give citations and provide context for any outside content as part of the learning process. Each year, the teacher wants the students to add to the wiki with new content, available for the public to also enjoy and learn from. Is this likely to be a fair use? Work through the four factors together.