Most copyright-related questions that come up at PCC have to do with the use of copyrighted materials in the context of a course. Many of these questions can be answered with a basic knowledge of a couple of areas of the copyright law, specifically fair use and the TEACH Act.
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... the cultural value of copying is so well established that it is written into the social bargain at the heart of copyright law. The bargain is this: we as a society give limited property rights to creators to encourage them to produce culture; at the same time, we give other creators the chance to use that same copyrighted material, without permission or payment, in some circumstances. Without the second half of the bargain, we could all lose important new cultural work. Cited from the Center for Social Media at American University, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education