MYTH: I don’t need Fair Use, educators have “special privileges”!
Reality: Educational Fair Use does have some exemptions, but they are extremely limited.
MYTH: It’s easy for an academic, I can use whatever I want because everything I do is “noncommercial”!
Reality: Simply not making money does not grant you a fair use pass.
MYTH: It’s old, it’s out of print, and the author is DEAD. Of course I can use it freely!
Reality: Out of print (or the author’s death) does NOT mean out of copyright.
MYTH: It’s on the web, so it’s public domain!
Reality: ”Public Domain” is a specific legal phrase that is in many ways irrelevant to web content.
MYTH: I’m using content in an online class, so it’s password protected!
Reality: Fair Use still applies; the TEACH Act offers further permissions (and restrictions) but not a blanket exemption.
MYTH: I cited it and I even kept the © symbol!
Reality: Well done! You’re still obligated by the restrictions of Fair Use and the TEACH Act.
MYTH: I only used 10% so I’m good to go!
Reality: There are no firm rules on percentages. Check the 4 Factors of Fair Use!
MYTH: I can always beg forgiveness, because I can’t be expected to understand all this!
Reality: Nope, not a chance.