Ethical use of information

Copyright Basics

Copyright for Online Teachers

Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers


The goal of this project is to inform educators of copyright infringement policies for creating professional learning opportunities for staff members.

  • Educators working in nonprofit educational institutions can use fair use rights for instructional purposes
  • Copyrighted materials can only be used in particular circumstances and for particular uses that balance your rights as an educator with the copyright owner's rights.
  • Educators can share certain copyrighted materials that qualify under the Fair Use, the Teach Act, Open Access licensing, or because rights and permissions are received in one way or another. All circumstances are individual, and unique, and there are times when materials cannot be re-used or shared online legally.

Copyright Infringement is taken seriously. Houston School District is ordered to pay 9.2 Million in Copyright Infringement Case June 2019: