Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines at UTSA
Using Copyrighted Materials in Online Courses (e.g., Blackboard or Moodle)
Can I ...
- Use a book chapter or journal article in my online course?
Yes. Through the additional rights the university licenses, you can use certain text-based materials, such as single book chapters and journal articles, in your online course. Ask your librarian for details.
- Play a film or audio recording in my online course?
Yes, you can embed players or links to use licensed content in your online course. Try Films on Demand for streaming video and Music Online or Naxos Music Library for streaming audio. You can also link to other online video and audio sites, such as TeacherTube.
OIT can digitize limited portions of DVDs or CDs to stream in your online course.
- Use images in my online course?
Yes, you can use images from licensed databases, such as ArtSTOR, in your online course.
- Use sheet music in my online course?
Yes, you can use digital scores from licensed databases, such as Music Online, in your online course.
Using Copyrighted Materials in the Classroom
Can I ...
- Distribute printed handouts to my students in the classroom?
Yes. Through the additional rights the university licenses, you can distribute single book chapters and journal articles in your classroom. Ask your librarian for details.
Guidelines for using printed sheet music in the classroom are detailed in Copyright Circular 21, pages 7-8.
- Show a film or tv program in the classroom?
Yes. Under Section 110(1) of copyright law, you can show a film that you or the library purchased in your classroom.
- Show a film outside of class on campus?
Yes, if it is in person and for teaching purposes. The professor must be present, and class discussion must follow.
Yes, for training purposes, if the university obtains public performance rights (PPR).
For non-UTSA audiences on campus, if the university obtains screening rights and no admission is charged.
- Include copyrighted images in lecture slides I display in the classroom?
Using Copyrighted Materials in Scholarly Activities
Can I ...
- Email a book chapter or journal article to other faculty and students?
Yes, if they are currently employed or enrolled at UTSA. For other scenarios, ask your librarian.
- Use licensed content in my scholarly conference presentations?
Yes, as excerpts with author attributions, under fair use. If your presentation is distributed to the public, you should take extra measures to clear the rights for copyrighted material or replace it with alternative content. Ask your librarian for help.
- Distribute a print book chapter or journal article to UTSA conference participants?
Yes, through the additional rights the university licenses, if attendees are currently employed or enrolled at UTSA. For other scenarios, ask your librarian.
Copyright Resources at UTSA
- Access the Copyright in Online UTSA Courses tutorial
- Learn how to create links from licensed resources in Blackboard
- Find copyright cleared-images
- Request permission to use copyrighted materials
Posting copyrighted materials to public servers is not permitted.
When in doubt, use excerpts of content and/or link to it. Always attribute ownership to the copyright owner.
If you leave the university and take your online course with you or sell it (e.g., to a textbook publisher), you should remove any licensed content.
There are many other options for academic and scholarly content, including works licensed under the Creative Commons, open access publications, out-of-copyright materials, U.S. Government publications, and orphan works.