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Copyright Issues

Copyright and Fair Use:

The "fair use" doctrine embodied in the Fair-Use Statute Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act, allows reproduction and other uses of copyrighted works under certain conditions for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research for educational and research purposes.  

The UC Copyright Website on Fair Use

Copyright guidelines for online educational materials:

Are you planning to use any of the following in your teaching?

  • Motion Media
  • Text Material
  • Music, Lyrics, and Music Video
  • Illustrations and Photographs
  • Numerical Data Sets

If you plan on using any of these media in online and electronic contexts, please check the guidelines on this website Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia (prepared by the American Distance Education Consortium). "These guidelines clarify the application of fair use of copyrighted works as teaching methods are adapted to new learning environments".

If it is unclear whether a particular use is permitted under fair use or if it significantly deviates from the guidelines above, you should consider obtaining permission to use the work from the copyright owner.

General UC Guidelines on copyright in teaching:
Copyright Matters (UC Technology Transfer)
and in particular the section
Using Copyrighted Works of Others

For further information on copyright infringement and the contact details of UCSB's deignated agent please go to:  Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) at UC Santa Barbara

For information on citing electronic sources, please see:

The Owl at Purdue

The Internet Public Library (IPL)

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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