Category: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Considerations

From CUNY Academic Commons


Subject Matter Coordinators


This page and related pages contain information and links to resources relevant to the use of copyrighted materials in unrestricted, publicly accessible environments as well as in academic, teaching & learning settings (where access to content may be restricted to faculty, staff and students).


Lessig – Free Culture, Copyright and the Future of Ideas

Creative Commons founder and Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig is giving his final presentation on Free Culture, Copyright and the future of ideas. After 10 years of enlightening and inspiring audiences around the world with multi-media presentations that inspired the Free Culture movement, Professor Lessig is moving on from the copyright debate and setting his sites on corruption in Washington.

History of Mashups

A work-in-progress clip from, a collaborative documentary project to create a feature film about copyright in the digital age.


CUNY Materials


TEACH (“Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act” ) says it is not copyright infringement for teachers and students at an accredited, nonprofit educational institution to transmit performances and displays of copyrighted works as part of a course if certain conditions are met. If these conditions are not or cannot be met, use of the material will have to qualify as a fair use or permission from the copyright holder(s) must be obtained. Links to toolkits, checklists and additional commentary on the TEACH Act can be found here.

Fair Use

Fair use is a doctrine in U.S. copyright law that places limitations on the exclusive rights of copyright holders under certain conditions. An overview, additional information on what fair use is, what constitutes a fair use of copyrighted material and guidelines can be found here at the Copyright Clearance Center, Consortium of College and University Media Centers and at the U.S. Copyright Office.

Creative Commons

The Creative Commons organization, in their words, “… provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use [Creative Commons licensing] to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.” Click here for more information. See also: Creative Commons: A New Tool for Schools, Howard Pitler


Online Copyright Concerns

From CUNY Academic Commons

Teaching Copyright

The Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s Teaching Copyright curriculum was created to help teachers present the laws surrounding digital rights in a balanced way.

Teaching Copyright provides lessons and ideas for opening your classroom up to discussion, letting your students express their ideas and concerns, and then guiding your students toward an understanding of the boundaries of copyright law.

The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act

The dos and don’ts of digitally using and/or transmitting copyright-protected materials for educational purposes.

Copyright Law: Classroom Exemptions

A brief overview of the Copyright “Classroom Exemption” clause of Title 17 of the United States Code.

Copyright Law: “Fair Use” Exemption

A brief explanation of “Fair Use” and how to make a good faith determination that your use of copyright protected material is legal.

UT’s “Copyright Crash Course

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