Using Copyrighted Materials in Sakai

Allegheny College expects that all employees who use copyrighted materials will make every good faith effort to use those materials in compliance with the federal copyright regulations in Section 107 of Chapter 17 of the United States Code. The guidelines provided here are intended to help you determine whether your use of material in Sakai is considered legal (“fair use”) or whether you must seek permission to include some items in your Sakai course site.

The principles of copyright law make no distinction between digital course content and paper-based content. In practice, this means that materials posted in your Sakai course site require the same adherence to copyright as their non-digital counterparts such as coursepacks. If permission would be required for a print use, it will be required for an analogous digital use.

Sakai, Allegheny’s web-based learning management system, limits access to course sites because it provides secure access to the system only to students currently enrolled in the course. Sakai’s course sites are available only while the course is being taught, and are unpublished at the end of each semester. The following information applies to course sites which limit access in this way.

The following materials may be legally used in Sakai:

  • Public domain material may be used without restriction. See Public Domain (Section A) for more information.
  • Creative Commons licensed material that permits others to share, remix, or use works. See Section G for more information about Creative Commons licenses.
  • Works to which you own the copyright.
  • Material provided by text book publishers that is specifically licensed for use in a learning management system.

For materials available on-line that are protected by copyright:

  • Include links to resources that are freely available on the Web.
  • Do not place copies of journal articles from databases licensed by Pelletier Library in your course site; link to them instead.

For all other materials protected by copyright:

  • Apply a fair use analysis to determine whether the material qualifies as a fair use. (See Sections B–D.)
  • If relying on fair use, be sure to properly cite the material and include a copyright notice.
  • If permission is needed, see the Bookstore for assistance in obtaining clearance from the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Copies of published worksheets, workbooks, or other materials intended as “consumables” by students should not be placed in Sakai without the publisher’s permission.
  • If using material in a course for more than one semester, seek permission from the copyright holder.