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Copyright Law


Fair Use FAQ

The use of copyrighted materials in the classroom is protected under Fair Use only if it meets certain criteria. Always use the LISD Fair Use checklist to assess prior to using media with your lessons. Learn more about the checklist in this video.

Video Use FAQ:

Can I show a video as a reward?

No. This violates copyright law and does not support fair use.

Can I show a video for rainy day recess?

No. This violates copyright law and does not support fair use.
But you can show a curriculum related video during indoor recess time IF you follow up with curriculum-related instruction or learning experiences. 

Can I show a full length movie?

Usually, no. This might violate copyright law and does not support fair use. Some production campanies, particularly Disney, aggressively protect their copyright and have been known to prosecute educators for copyright violations.

What is the educational purpose for students viewing the movie in its entirety? Can that educational need be met by showing only a portion of the movie or a selection of excerpts? What instructional activities will take place before, during, and after the movie to connect it to the curriculum? What will the teacher be doing during the film? If the movie is being used to keep students occupied while teachers tend to other matters, this falls under entertainment and is a violation of copyright. Teachers should be actively involved, stopping the video periodically to discuss, clarify, and connect content with student learning and invite student interaction with the content. A great article about this can be found HERE

Also, consider the time needed to show a full length video. Teachers are always pressed for time, and showing a full length movie, even when there might be an educational justification for doing so, is difficult to support. Ultimately, the decision lies with your campus principal.

Can I use a video excerpt?

Yes. As long as it relates to the curriculum and there will be some follow up with curriculum-related instruction or learning experiences. 

Remember, when you have questions about copyright and fair use or if you need resources for teaching students about digital citizenship, your librarian is your best resource.

Learn More Here!


LISD Policy

Excerpt from the 2016-17 LISD Employee Handbook:


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.). Electronic media, including motion pictures and other audiovisual works, are to be used in the classroom for instructional purposes only. Employees are expected to follow campus visual media procedures and district acceptable use/fair use practices. Employees are also expected to comply with copyright permissions listed on printed materials. Duplication or backup of computer programs and worksheets must be made within the provisions of the publisher purchase agreement.


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