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1 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1 Free Powerpoint Templates Copyright Law in Schools By Fran Rader

2 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 2 U.S. Law : “It is a principle of American law that an author of a work may reap the fruits of his or her intellectual creativity for a limited period of time. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy. The term has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to authors for protection of their work. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and, in the case of certain works, publicly perform or display the work; to prepare derivative works; in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission; or to license others to engage in the same acts under specific terms and conditions. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, slogan, principle, or discovery.”

3 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 3 CISD Law : Copyrighted Materials Policy EFE “Employees are expected to comply with the provisions of federal copyright law relating to the unauthorized use, reproduction, distribution, performance, or display of copy­righted materials (i.e., printed material, videos, computer data and programs, etc.). Rented videos are to be used in the classroom for educational purposes only. Dupli­cation or backup of computer programs and data must be made within the provisions of the purchase agreement.” –CISD Employee Handbook page 47

4 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 4 Any form of creative expression that is fixed in a tangible form created in the United States after January 1, 1978 is protected under copyright laws from the moment of creation throughout the life time of the author and for 70 years following. The expression does not have to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and is not required to have the copyright symbol attached. (Copyright for Schools by Carol Simpson)

5 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 5 So…any prose, poetry, music, video, drama, dance, art or electronic document cannot be copied, changed, performed in a public setting, distributed, publically displayed or digitally transmitted without permission of the owner….

6 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 6 Unless…. The work was published before 1923 and a new edition has not been released It has been 70 years since the death of the author. The author has voluntarily released the creation into Public Domain ( It was created by the U.S. Government (documents created by government agencies do not hold copyrights) OR…

7 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 7 …the works are exempted under the Fair Use Guidelines. Section 107 of the Copyright Law says, “the fair use of copyrighted work…for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”-

8 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 8 The Fair Use exemptions do not mean that educators can use copyrighted materials without any limitations or restrictions. Copyright law lists factors that must be considered.

9 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 9 These two resources detail how you and your students can legally use copyrighted materials under the Fair Use exemption. Print them and display them in your classroom. ht_schrock.pdf ht_schrock.pdf ight_chart.pdf ight_chart.pdf

10 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 10 Creative Commons Sometimes creators want others to be able to use their creations. They voluntarily give up some or all of their copyrights. Watch this video from Creative Commons to learn more: a-shared-culture

11 Free Powerpoint Templates Page 11 Follow this link to review information presented in this PowerPoint and to verify that you have completed the district required copyright training. Copyright Review

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