Web Pages and Multimedia
Questions for you:
Is your web page:
- Available for anyone to access?
- Limited to UW addresses?
- Password protected?
What can you use on unrestricted course web pages without
- Works you create
- Your own publications if your agreement with your publisher
- Public domain materials
- Materials for which you have obtained permission
What can you use on restricted access web pages without
If access to materials is limited to enrolled students in a course
on a secure site and students cannot copy the material (such as
through streaming audio or video), the educational multimedia guidelines
Materials covered by Educational Multimedia Guidelines may be used
for a period of up to two years without permission. Portion limitations
- 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less, of motion media
- 10% or 1000 words, whichever is less, of text material
- 250 words of a poem, up to three poems or excerpts from a single
poet, up to 5 excerpts by different poets from a single anthology
- 10% or 30 seconds, whichever is less, of the music and lyrics
from an individual musical work
up to 5 images by an artist or photographer
- 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, from a published collective
- 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from
a database or data table
When is permission advised?
- If your use circumvents paying royalties, such as in course
- You are using substantial portions of or entire works
- You intend to use the content on an ongoing basis
- Your project is intended for non-educational or commercial uses
- Your site does not restrict access
Does fair use apply?
Depending on what materials you want to use, your use may still
be a fair use, but it is likely to apply only in limited circumstances.
You'll need to review the fair use factors and evaluate if this
applies to your situation. It is best not to rely on fair use for
unrestricted web pages and it is recommended that should seek permission
for this specific use.
Does the University own materials you create and place
on a course web page?
If you write materials for your class or a scholarly article, the
University would not normally own these works. Simply placing materials
you own on a University web site does not transfer ownership.
More information about ownership of works created at the University
can be found in the creating copyright section of this site.