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Fair Use in Online Learning Environments

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 22, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News
Peggy Hoon

Peggy Hoon

On October 20th, Peggy Hoon, the Director of Copyright Policy and Education at Louisiana State University, gave an engaging and informative talk in Falvey Memorial Library on “Fair Use in Online Learning Environments.”

Hoon started her talk by noting the ubiquitousness of copyright in educational settings, sharing an American Library Association (ALA) infographic depicting Fair Use in the Day in the Life of a College Student.   Hoon dispelled misconceptions about copyright (“if there isn’t a copyright symbol, it isn’t copyrighted” or “If I password protect copyrighted works online I can’t possibly violate copyright” or “I always need to get permission to use copyrighted works”) and defined copyright as a limited monopoly conferred on creators of intellectual property by the Constitution and Congress to balance the financial interests of creators with the social goods derived from the use and exchange of ideas and knowledge in fixed forms.  Hoon shared a five point framework she uses to help people work through copyright questions:

  • Is it copyrighted?
  • Is it licensed?
  • Does an exception to copyright apply?
  • Does the Fair Use exception apply?
  • How can one get permission from the copyright holder?

Hoon walked the audience through applying these questions to the many, many unique fact situations encountered in college settings, while neatly describing the legal cases and compromises along the path that have given rise to our current copyright topography.   Hoon’s roadmap to exercising full use of copyright in online learning environments can be viewed on the Villanova YouTube channel.

The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technologies, The College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning and Falvey Memorial Library.

Photographs by Kallie Stahl, Communications and Marketing Dept.



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