A common misunderstanding I see from instructional designers and other L&D folks is around copyright and Fair Use. Nearly every week, I see questions like these in L&D forums:
- Am I allowed to use free images I found online?
- Can we show YouTube videos in an instructor-led class?
- If I find content on a federal government site, can I use it without permission?
- Can I use copyrighted images and music for nonprofit educational use?
To help with questions like these, I’ve created a short eLearning course in Articulate Rise about copyright and Fair Use.
I’d love your feedback to help improve and expand the course. You can leave your suggestions below or email me at email@example.com. What other questions do you have about copyright and Fair Use?
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Some resources for learning more about copyright and Fair Use are listed below.
- U.S. Copyright Law
- U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index
- Copyright Clearance Center
- Columbia University Fair Use Checklist
- American Library Association’s Fair Use Evaluator (many thanks to Christy Tucker for sharing this resource)
- An Introduction to Copyright for L&D by Heidi Kirby
In addition, you can find royalty-free music, graphics, and other assets in these past posts: