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Online Teaching and Copyright


The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to SPU, please contact the Office of Risk Management.

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Unless otherwise noted, content in this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Copyright Webinar Recording

This webinar took place Aug 25, 2020 and is about 1 1/2 hours in length. It walks through the content on this guide, covering legal online materials, fair use, and exceptions in copyright law for online teaching.

Purpose of this guide

This guide provides copyright guidance to faculty on using course materials in an online teaching environment, and how they differ slightly from teaching in a face-to-face classroom.

The decision tree on the main page is a brief overview of the considerations to be made regarding course materials in online teaching.

Use the other pages of the guide for more detailed guidance about each step of the decision tree.

What are my options for providing online access to course materials for students?

Use of Course Materials in Online Teaching decision tree