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Copyright

Guide to copyright basics and guidelines at Bluffton University

Moodle & Fair Use

Posting an item to a course page in Moodle does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. Therefore, instructors are encouraged to follow copyright "best practices" as outlined in the Copyright Clearance Center’s publication, Using-Course Management Systems: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance.

The guidelines suggested below are based on one interpretation of U.S. Copyright Law. Instructors may wish to utilize the Fair Use Evaluator created by the Copyright Advisory Network of the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy, or other tools listed on the Fair Use tab of this guide.

Content Allowed Not Allowed
Website containing copyrighted material Posting a link to the website in your Moodle course. Copying and pasting the website's information into your Moodle course
Copyrighted web image Post/display in Moodle for a single semester a course is offered. Repeated use in subsequent offerings of a course in subsequent semesters
Article from a library database Posting a permalink/direct link to the article in your Moodle course. Copying and pasting the article text into your Moodle course
Scanned copyrighted image Post/display in Moodle for a single semester. Repeated use in subsequent offerings of a course in subsequent semesters
Scanned chapter from a book

Posting no more than 5% of the total work for a single semester if the book is in-print. 

Posting no more than 10% of the total work for a single semester if the book is out-of-print. 

More than the allotted percentages and/or repeated use in subsequent offerings of a course in subsequent semesters
Scanned article from a journal, magazine, trade publication, or other periodical source Posting a single article for a single semester Posting multiple articles from the same publication and/or repeated use in subsequent offerings of a course in subsequent semesters
Audio files

Posting a link to a public domain audio file. 

Posting a permalink to an audio file found in a library database. 

Posting an audio clip of no more than 30 seconds in length for a single semester without permission from the copyright holder.

Repeated use of an audio clip over multiple semesters and/or exceeding the allotted limitations.
Video files

Posting a link to a public domain or publicly available video file.

Posting a permalink to a video file found in a library database.

Posting a video clip of no more than 10% or three minutes, whichever is less, for a single semester without permission from the copyright holder.

Repeated use of a video clip over multiple semesters and/or exceeding the allotted limitations.