• Copyright for Teachers


    Your Students should:
    Use “QUOTATION MARKS” when copying directly from a resource, include page number after quote (p. #), and cite that source on their bibliography page.


    Include a BIBLIOGRAPHY with any project for which they have used print, electronic, or media resources to gather information. (See Sample Works Cited Page on Liberty Library’s Website.)


    Use images and clipart from Creative Commons sites. (“Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.”) Many images are in the public domain, are free, and can be used without the creator’s permission; citations are not required if it is under a CC license.


    Include citations for images that are not their own. (Databases in LCPSGo are an easy place to find images as they include citations; Brittannica ImageQuest has citations for each image.) Or try a Website called Photos For Class that is a searchable collection of school-friendly, licensed for public use, photographs that can be downloaded and used in projects and presentations; all of the photos include a citation.
    Use Liberty Library’s Bibliography Help Page which has examples and tips as well as links to Easybib and Citation Machine (look for & click create citation box on each Website.)


    Create parodies since those do not violate copyright laws. Students can use an audio file extractor to obtain a karaoke version of a song. Students can use Audacity, a software program, to record themselves. Pandora is FREE (can use for IEP Accommodation). Have school purchase Soundzabound (royalty free music for schools). 


    When using media in a presentation, you may freely use:

    o  10% or 3 minutes of video (whichever is less)

    o   10% or 1000 words of text (whichever is less)

    o   10% or 30 seconds of major theme music (whichever is less)

    o  10% or 2 minutes of music/lyrics (which ever is less)


    Showing full length theatrical motion pictures as a part of instruction is strongly discouraged by LCPS, however, if you have the blessing of your principal, and parents are notified and required to grant permission, then it would be permissible. In order to claim “Fair Use” for showing the film it needs to be part of an approved (by your principal) formal lesson plan and be directly keyed to specific learning objectives within our LCPS curriculum. Safari Montage is OK to use; it can be accessed from home by students and teachers.


    Copyright Law  http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ (Virginia is 4th Circuit)
    Check out library print and e-resources about copyright:


    Citing Sources by Suzy Rabbat, c2013 (e-Book, MackinVia - use school login username & password)

       Explains how to properly create a bibliography.


    Complete Copyright by Carrie Russell, c2012 (PRO 346.7304 RUS)

       Provides librarians and educators with a guide to understanding copyright and fair use laws.


    Copyright Clarity by Renee Hobbs, Donna Alvermann, c­2010 (eBook, online catalog & Gale Virtual Reference Library)

       This guide presents principles for applying copyright law and the doctrine of fair use to 21st ­century teaching and learning. It explores what is permissible in the classroom; fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies, and Internet elements found on sites such as YouTube; trends in intellectual property law and copyright practices; and classroom projects using copyrighted materials. Published jointly with the National Council of Teachers of English.