Use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes, is often simple and straight-forward to obtain. A letter sent to the publisher or author of the work will typically result in the granting of permission for the use of the material. Please include the following information when making a request for permission:
- Name of the author or editor of the work.
- Title of the materials to be reproduced.
- Exact materials to be used including the appropriate details from the following: page numbers, chapter headings, quotations, URL, diagrams, images or other materials you wish to use.
- A description of the proposed use for the materials (use in a photo story, use in a graduation or farewell PowerPoint presentation, etc).
- Whether the material will be sold or will result in financial gain.
- Details on the individual making the request including your name, return address, telephone number, fax number, email.
- Date of the request.
Sample Letter Template
April 19, 2012
You can show streamed video content in the classroom. Videos of this type are available on YouTube and through Google Video. Youtube has a disclaimer which prevents the uploading of copyrighted content. Many of the videos within the site do violate copyright but remain in place due to their popularity or obscurity. These videos may be used in the classroom but you may not ‘fix’ their content. Fixing the content includes downloading it for clips or mixing. If you wish to use an online video for the purposes of instruction, you are advised to link to the site. It is also possible to embed the clip into your own site using the code given. Click ‘embed’ under the video you have chosen.
April 19, 2012
General Copyright Links:
Public Domain and Archive Links:
Not all content on these websites is necessarily in the public domain. Ensure that you check the copyright notices on the sites as well as on individual documents.
April 18, 2012