Essential Components of Intellectual Property
As an educator, it is important to understand the laws of copyright and how to avoid infringement.
Copyright law, fair use, creative commons, and derivative works are incorporated under the Intellectual
Property Law. In this toolkit I will discuss the definitions of the copyright law, fair use by providing
examples using videos, links to websites and instructional guidelines. Section 106 of Copyright law states
that the original creator is the owner of the work (Keller, 2012). If a person violates the personal right of
the copyright owner, ramifications can be as severe as incarceration to a less severe cease and desist
warning in letter form. Fair use and creativecommons are options when an educator is looking for
material to use in the classroom.
Several acts relating to the Copyright Act that are crucial to understanding are the Copyright Term
Extension Act (Sonny Bono Act), the Berne Convention, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and
the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act (Alexander and Baird, 2003),
(Lakhan & Khurana, 2008). Once an instructor understands the laws and how they relate to online
learning which is continually making advancements, teaching can be free from worrying about possible
infringement. This toolkit will can be used a quick reference guide to educators making and planning
curriculum and course materials.