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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 9

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 9

Week 9: Copyright and Fair Use

(This class will be lecture intensive.)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the basics of copyright law and apply the law in academic and personal life
  • Understand the basics of fair use


Lecture note: see the shared folder


Reading and Video:


Recommended readings for the assignment:

  • United States. Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Basics. May. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. < >.
  • United States. Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office. Fair Use. June. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <>.
  • "What Students Should Know About Copyright." Office of General Council. Maricopa Community Colleges, Apr. 2014. Web. 3 Nov. 2014. <>.
  • "15 Copyright Rules Every Student Should Know - Online Colleges." Online Colleges., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. <>.


Recommended readings for the instructor


Homework: Answer copyright questions.

Please explain whether the following scenarios have infringed copyright law. If the answer is no, explain whether it is a fair use. Refer to the required and optional readings for supporting your writing. Use MLA style for in-text as well as bibliographic citations. Each scenario counts for 10 points.

1. Evolution of Dance – Youtube

2. A college student uses a file sharing program (peer-to-peer program) to share the song “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga with his friend.

3. A LRC103 student downloads an article from the LRC103 Blackboard site, prints it out and reads it.

4. A LaGuardia student checks out a reserve loan textbook from the library, goes to Nekoprint in the B building, makes a copy of the whole book, uses it for the whole semester and sells it to another LaGuardia student.

5. Your friend downloads one of your facebook pictures and publishes it on a blog. You give permission and the friend credits you as the photographer.

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