• Copyright Basics


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    What is copyright?


    Copyright laws protect the author (or creator) of a particular work from having his/her ideas stolen or misused. Whether the work is a book, a piece of art, or something in electronic format, the owner of the copyrighted work has to give permission to another person who wants to use the work.



    What about using a copy for school work?


    Something known as “the Fair Use Doctrine” allows for the reproduction of copyrighted materials for educational use, as long as certain criteria are met.  These criteria include:
    1.  Purpose and character of use: the use must be for such purposes as teaching or scholarship and must be nonprofit.
    2.  The nature of the copyrighted work determines how much can be copied. 
    3.  The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work.
    4.  The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
    Generally speaking, if students or teachers need to make a photocopy of an article for informational purposes, it is acceptable.


    For more information, please read the copyright section of the Newport School District’s Policy Manual.



    This site has been updated by Amy Wagner.