Copyright Podcasts and Videos

Copyright Podcasts

You will need media player software to listen to these podcasts, such as Windows Media Player, QuickTime (if you have a Mac; also works on Windows) or Banshee (only if you run Linux). If you have an MP3 player like an iPod or Zune, you may follow instructions for that device to load the podcast onto it.

  • what is copyright?
    What is the rationale behind copyright law? What kinds of works can be copyrighted? What rights are reserved to the copyright owner? What issues need to be considered before using a copyrighted work?
  • fair use
    Fair use is the most generous and flexible exemption to copyright law. Whether a particular use of copyrighted materials is considered fair use depends on a balance of four factors. What are the factors and what implications do they have? How does fair use work online?
  • educational use
    Educational use applies only under very specific and narrow conditions (face-to-face classroom), but it is very generous within those restrictions. What kinds of copyrighted materials can be used under the educational use doctrine, and in what ways?
  • public domain
    Public domain works are not protected by copyright at all. They can be used without asking permission or paying royalties. When do works fall into the public domain? How can you figure out if a work is in the public domain?
  • getting permission
    If a work isn't in the public domain, and your use isn't fair use or educational use, you will most likely need to get permission (a license) to use it. How do you figure out who is the right person to contact for permission? What processes do you go through to negotiate a license? What terms do licenses include? What about royalties?
  • DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)
    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has two provisions that matter to us in higher education: anti-circumvention and safe harbor. What does anti-circumvention mean and when, if ever, is it allowable to bypass passwords or encryption? What does the college have to do to qualify for limited liability for copyright infringements committed by our users? What is a DMCA take-down notice and how do DMCA take-down and counter-notice proceedings take place?
  • Creative Commons
    Creative Commons is a system of licenses that authors (and other content creators) can apply to their work. They retain their copyright, but they automatically give permission to people to use their work under certain conditions, without having to contact the author or pay royalties. How do you know if something is under a Creative Commons license? What kinds of things are legal to do with a work that is from the Creative Commons? How do you find Creative Commons licensed works? How do you put your own work under a Creative Commons license?

Copyright Video Demonstrations

  • How to use the Copyright Clearance Center's Pay Per Use service to get permission
    closed captions available - click the CC button at the lower right
    When you want to get permission to use a copyrighted work, the first place you should check is the Copyright Clearance Center's Pay Per Use service. It allows you to look up the work. In some cases, you complete a brief online form and pay the royalties right there. In other cases, it gives you the contact information of the copyright owner so you can send a permissions request letter (get a template and instructions from the library's copyright website.) Works published outside the United States, works that are decades old and audiovisual works may not be included in their database, but it's worth a look.
  • How to use the license chooser to put your work under a Creative Commons license
    closed captions available - click the CC button at the lower right
    If you want to put your own work under a Creative Commons license, this demonstrates how to use the Creative Commons license chooser to select the things you want to allow people to do. Then you copy and paste a little code nugget into your website so that it displays a logo for people to see, and tells search engines that your work is open content. Remember that you need to clear all your copyrights before you put your work into the Creative Commons.