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Copyright Primer: Copyright Basics

Information about copyright and fair use

Copyright Basics

Teach with the best materials. Feel confident in your rights. Obey the law.


Almost everything created is under copyright. Only the copyright owner can reproduce, distribute, create a derivative, publicly perform, or publicly display their material. Anyone else who wishes to do so must secure permission.


  • Reproduce: Photocopying an article for a class.
  • Distribute: Attaching an article to your Canvas shell.
  • Create a derivative: Having students comment on an article you uploaded to your Canvas shell.
  • Publicly Perform
  • Publicly Display

What Can I Upload to Canvas?

infographic for "I want to upload to Canvas" copyright guide. Text-only version linked on this page.

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