Single Photocopying for Teachers
A single photocopy may be made of any of the following by or for a teacher at his or her individual request for his or her scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
Multiple Copies for Classroom Use
Multiple photocopies (not to exceed in any event more than one copy per pupil in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for classroom use or discussion; provided that:
Copying an entire book
Under both US Fair Use guidelines and UAE copyright law it is not lawful for a professor to photocopy or scan an entire book for classroom use, or for use in an online course management system such as Blackboard.
Please contact the library administration to discuss options if your department has ordered a textbook, but it has not arrived by the start of the semester.
Under UAE copyright law students and researchers may copy any portion (up to the entire text) of a book as long as it will be used for personal research and for non-commercial use. This copy must not then be freely made available online, as that would violate the copyright holder's rights. The library cannot authorize the ZU Business Center to photocopy an entire book for a faculty member or student - the individual who wants to make a complete text copy needs to do so themselves.
For more information about US Fair Use guidelines, please see the Educational Use of Copyrighted Materials section.
Listed below are several online resources that will help you find images with explicit license permission for reuse and adaption.
Can I show a movie in my classroom?
If you are teaching in a face-to-face setting, you may show a video or movie if usage meets the following Fair Use guidelines:
The UAE Intellectual Works department has advised that showing an entire movie without first securing display rights may violate UAE copyright law, but there has been no court cases to date on this issue.
What about YouTube or other internet videos? Can I show them in the classroom?
You may access and show any educationally relevant (and culturally appropriate) video content on YouTube during class sessions. Please see the YouTube content license at the end of this section.
If you wish to use content from another video streaming service or site, you need to check on the terms of service for that site to see what rights are granted to users of the service. Some services may have more limited user rights than YouTube.
UAE copyright law is somewhat different than US copyright law. However, due to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (an international copyright treaty that both the US and the UAE have signed) US copyright guidence is often accepted as an international standard, especially in regards to educational fair use.
What are Public Domain materials?
Works that are not eligible for copyright protection:
Public Domain materials:
URLs are in the public domain.
You may always point to a URL for classroom use (in class or online). While you do need copyright permissions for copyrighted materials included in a Course Pack, you don't need permissions for a list of article links to library databases.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
(text taken from the CC website)