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Copyright for Teachers: Is this work/my use protected by copyright?

Based on "Copyright in the Classroom" by Amy Mars at Research Guides, St. Catherine University

What copyright protects

Linking from databases

Providing links to (or, in some cases, like videos, embedding) material that's on the open web or already available to your users (from a library, etc) rather than copying it is one way to avoid the whole question. 


  1. Linking to/embedding stuff that's obviously infringing could get you in trouble for contributory infringement.
  2. Some material may be available to you under restrictive licenses that forbid linking or embedding.

What copyright does NOT protect

The Public Domain

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