As part of the 1976 Copyright Act, Congress issued copyright guidelines on making photocopies for research or teaching purposes. These guidelines are not legally binding, but they are intended to help faculty determine how to comply with fair use. Guidelines:
Because it is common to use copyrighted media: audio, digital images, and audiovisual items – for teaching purposes, faculty should be aware of how to follow copyright guidelines for these materials. NDSU Information Technology Services has prepared guidelines for using multimedia projects in the classroom. Baruch College has created an interactive guide to help faculty members understand the different copyright regulations that apply when using media in the classroom.
Faculty may need to contact copyright holders directly for permission when planning to use copyrighted materials in a manner that does not constitute fair use. The steps to follow for obtaining permission include:
Columbia University has examples of permission letters on the website for their Copyright Advisory Office.
Section 340.1 of the NDSU Policy Manual stipulates that faculty should obtain copyright permission for any materials that they plan to include as part of a coursepack. Faculty can obtain permission for coursepack materials directly from copyright holders themselves or through the NDSU Bookstore.