• Did you know that how you use other people's work (text, pictures, music, video) may be illegal?  In some cases copying, modifying, displaying, performing or distributing another's work may be fair use.  Below are some common uses.
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    Fair Use of Media
      You Can You Can Not
    Music

    copy 10% or 30 seconds of a song to use or pay a download fee and purchase the entire song.

    download or copy an entire song and give it to a friend.
    Pictures

    copy up to 5 images from an individual web site and up to fifteen from a collection of people's work web site to use in a printed project .

    put them on your web site.

    Video copy a TV or Web show and keep it in your home for up to one year. take the video out of your home to share with others.
    Text copy a small portion, but not all of a source’s work as long as you place the information in quotes and note the source of the information in your project. copy someone else's work (text, graphs or picture) and take credit for it being your own work. That's called plagiarism.
     
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    1. For my performance, in our school talent show, can I dance to a song from a popular band?  You need to purchase the music via a CD or download.  Since the music is in a supporting role of your talent, it is okay to use at your performance.
     
    2. There’s some cool pictures on a web site. Can I copy it and put it on my personal web page?   You may copy up to 5 images from an individual web site and up to fifteen from a web site that is a collection of people's work to use in a printed project , but you can not put it on another web site.  **Your web page is accessible by many people on the web. Putting something on your web site is in fact republishing their work.   You need to seek the original creator's permission.  By the way, there are some web sites that will allow you to copy pictures and clip art for a fee. 

    3. While searching on the web for a school project, I found it easy to select, copy, and paste information from a web site into my report.  You are permitted to copy a small portion, but not all of a source’s work as long as you place the information in quotes and note the source of the information in your project.  You may not copy someone else's work (text, graphs or picture) and take credit for it being your own work. That's called plagiarism.  See the question #2 for more information about web images. 

    4. My friend downloaded some music and made a copy of the CD for me to have for my use.  Music is considered intellectual property that is copyrighted. You can purchase downloaded music and/or a CD of music to support the music artist continued success.  When you receive copied music whether it is copied from an originally purchased CD or downloaded from a web site, you are stealing from the artist. It is a copyright infringement.

    5. Can I tape something from the TV and share it with my friends?  When a TV show is taped in the home, it may be kept in that home for up to one year.   When a tape leaves the home to be shared with others, that is not permissible and it’s a copyright infringement.

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Last Modified on July 20, 2004