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Classroom Teaching

In UW classrooms you may:

  • Display a copyright work
  • Perform a copyright work

  • Make a single copy for an instructor

  • Make multiple copies for students in some limited circumstances
What can you use in the classroom without permission?

Display or Perform
Instructors and students can display or perform any copyright work in the classroom (this means a face-to-face teaching environment and excludes web-based or televised classrooms.) For example, you can:

  • Show films and videos
  • Display photographs

  • Act plays

  • Read poems

  • Display artworks

  • Play music

  • Show a web site

Books and Periodicals- Single Copy
An instructor may make a single copy of portions of books and periodicals for research, teaching or class preparation. The allowable limits are:

  • A chapter from a book

  • An article from a periodical or newspaper

  • A short story, short essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work

  • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper

Books and Periodicals – Multiple Copies
An instructor may make multiple copies of portions of books and periodicals for students if:

  • The portion used is brief (refer to the guidelinesfor portion limitations)
  • The use is spontaneous and there is insufficient time to obtain permission, such as copying an article from the morning newspaper

  • The copying is not a recurring or systematic practice (see cumulative effect in the guidelines)

  • Each copy includes a notice of copyright

What about other materials or other uses?
If your intended use is outside the limits of the guidelines or the exemption, you should look at the four-factor test for fair use or consider obtaining permission for your use.

To learn more about making copies of materials for handouts to students, visit the section on course packs.


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