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Information about copyright compliance

Test Your Knowledge!

We've included some scenarios here to help you test your knowledge of copyright compliance in the seated and electronic classroom environment. Read through each scenario and click View Answer to reveal the solution to each scenario.

Scenario 1: Modifying a Work

Dr. K is designing a Russian Literature course for Tiffin University. The textbook that she has selected includes an English translation, but she has noticed in several areas that the translation isn’t accurate. She has written her own translation to the work, and plans to add that document as a lecture in Moodle. Is she violating copyright?

Scenario 2: Distributing Content Licensed through the Library

Dr. G is teaching a seated course for Tiffin University. He wants to distribute an article from LexisNexis to his students and require them to write a paper on it. He accesses the article through the library’s license and prints off 15 copies. He then carries them to class and distributes them to his students. Is this a violation of copyright?

Scenario 3: Using Supplements

Dr. G finds that the adopted textbook for his course is lacking information that he believes students should know before the end of their academic program. He finds a chapter in another textbook that he wants to use for supplemental reading, and decides to upload it as a PDF in his course companion. Is he violating copyright?

Scenario 4: Self-Paced Courses

Dr. B is assisting in the development of Tiffin University’s first MOOC. The MOOC is designed to run without a facilitator through a series of quizzes and self-paced learning modules, and enrollment is free and open to anyone who wishes to register. She wants to add links to several library articles into the MOOC. Is this a violation of copyright?

Scenario 5: Resources as Framework for Course Creation

Over his lengthy summer hiatus, Dr. R came across a new school of thought on the women of Shakespeare. He has found two potential textbooks on the topic, as well as a website that contains instructional materials, teacher’s guides, and lesson plans. He wants to use these materials to create a new “Special Topics” course at Tiffin University. Is this a violation of copyright?

Scenario 6: Government Documents

Dr. D is planning a new course that examines criminal investigative procedures. He has found a large procedural manual through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s page on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Fearful of another government shutdown, he wants to keep the document in PDF format in the LMS to ensure student access to the content. He also wants students to be able to print, save, and make notes directly on the document if needed. Is he violating copyright?

Scenario 7: Movie Night on Campus

Professor P is the new advisor for the sorority Sigma Tau Cha-Cha. Most of her “girls” are enrolled in Dr. R’s new course, “Women of Shakespeare.” They are currently reading Taming of the Shrew, and are struggling with the content. Professor P would like to bring her personal copies of several film adaptations of the play to “Movie Monday” with the hope that it helps the students better understand the play. Is she violating copyright?

Scenario 8: Showing a Film in Class

Dr. R notices several students struggling to understand Taming of the Shrew in his “Women of Shakespeare” course. He brings his personal copy of one of the film adaptations with the intent of showing it in his class. Is he violating copyright?

Scenario 9: Digitizing Texts

Professor L is teaching a course on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer’s original work was published in the 14th Century, so the copyright (lifetime of author + 75 years + renewable for 40 more) has long since passed. Professor L has a copy of the Tales that was published by Penguin in 1994. She would like to scan Penguin’s copy of the text and place it in the LMS as required reading for her students. Is this a violation of copyright?

Scenario 10: Seeking Permission to Use a Work

Dr. S is revising a course in which several egregious copyright violations have been found. The goal is to locate alternative pathways to use the readings and/or seek permission to use the materials if there are no other alternatives. He has been able to obtain alternate access and/or permission to use all but one resource and that resource is vital to the completion of the lesson. He has contacted the copyright owner several times and is yet to receive a response. Can he go ahead and use the material?

Scenario 11: Out-of-Print Materials

The textbook for Introductory Writing has gone out-of-print at the publisher. An entire online course is built around the use of this textbook and its publisher-created lectures/supplements, and the bookstore can no longer receive copies to sell to the students. Professor W would like to find alternate reading materials and leave the existing course structure as-is with publisher materials for the following term. Is this a violation of copyright?