Liberty University strives to be copyright compliant with the use of copyrighted resources for classes. This guide was created to assist professors in making informed decisions when using copyright resources. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please review Copyright Basics tab for background information on copyright.
When using copyrighted materials in class, we recommend exploring your options in this order:
Please note, always include a copyright notice on any works reproduced for class: Notice: This material is subject to the U.S. Copyright Law; further reproduction in violation of the law is prohibited.
When teaching a residential course, use of copyrighted material may meet the requirements of the Face-to-Face Teaching Exception. This exception cannot be used for distance teaching or within a course management system such as Blackboard or Canvas, please see the TEACH Act and Fair Use sections below for those courses.
If all of the following requirements are met, the work can be used without seeking permission:
If the use does not meet all of the above criteria, you can explore the Fair Use Exception below.
When teaching an online course, the TEACH Act may apply to the situation. This act was passed by Congress to address copyright issues in the digital environment by expanding the rights of online educators to make them closer to face-to-face teaching.
Faculty members can use the TEACH Act Checklist to determine if their use of the copyrighted material meets the requirements for this exception.
Please note that all requirements on the checklist must be met to use this copyright exception. If all requirements are not met, the faculty member can explore the Fair Use Exception below to determine if it applies.
When publishing or presenting their own scholarly works, faculty should consider two aspects of copyright:
Faculty Member as Author/Creator
In general, whoever creates a work is the copyright holder. (An exception would be works made for hire.) Copyright is automatic, and it is not necessary to register for copyright or use the © symbol. If you are interested in registering for copyright, please review the registration portal.
The copyright holder may grant permission to others who wish to use their work. They may also use a free Creative Commons license to allow others to use their work without asking for permission. A Creative Commons license allows the copyright holder to choose the terms by which others can use their works. All Creative Commons licenses require attribution to the author.
Copyrighted Materials within Publications/Presentations
When a work that includes copyrighted materials such as images and other audiovisual materials, graphs, charts, testing instruments, etc. is published or otherwise made publicly available, there are additional copyright considerations. Faculty can review the Copyright Basics tab for additional information.
In addition to citing their sources in order to avoid plagiarism, faculty will need to do one of the following if their use of copyrighted material falls outside of the Fair Use Guidelines: