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U.S. Copyright Office Guide on Common Copyright Issues for Librarians

Classrooms & School Libraries

This page contains resources relating to how copyright-protected works can be used within a classroom setting. The gallery below provides quick links to many of the resources included on this page.

Using Copyrighted Works in the Classroom

Title 17, Section 110(1): Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays specifically permits certain classroom activities, in addition to what is permissible through other exceptions. Students and instructors can perform or display a work in the classroom of a nonprofit educational institution in the course of face-to-face teaching activities, so long as the work was not unlawfully made. This can include reading a book for storytime, acting out a play, or watching a movie.

What is copyrightable? Are math problems, tables, charts, or graphs covered?

Can teachers use songs and movie clips?

How can I share course content over the internet?