Skip to main content

Copyright - Quick and Easy: Brightspace and Copyright

This libguide will provide quick answers to the how-tos of understanding copyright. This guide includes forms, contact information and necessary tools for understanding basic copyright.

What is Allowed?

Posting an item to Brightspace does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. Here is a chart with some general guidelines of what is OK to post.

(Please note that these are suggested guidelines based on one interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Law. If in doubt, it is always advisable to err on the side of caution and complete a fair use evaluation.)

 

ITEM ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
Website containing copyrighted material Link to the website via Brightspace Copying and pasting the information into Brightspace
Copyrighted web image Must be educational in nature; display in Brightspace for one semester Repeated use over multiple semesters
Article from a library database Direct linking to article Placing PDF of the article in Brightspace not recommended
Scanned copyrighted image Must be educational in nature; display in Brightspace for one semester Repeated use over multiple semesters
Scanned chapter from a book 5% of the total work if in print. 10% of the total work if out-of-print. Allowed for only one semester More than the allotted percents or repeated use over multiple semesters
Scanned article from a journal, trade publication or magazine A single article for one semester Multiple articles from the same publication or repeated use over multiple semesters
Audio files No more than 30 seconds without permission Repeated use over multiple semesters
Video files 10% or three minutes, whichever is less Repeated use over multiple semesters

 

Subject Guide