I had been confused over the laws for copyrights and Fair Use. A few years ago, I was showing a video recording of an A&E program about history. As the video began to play a large FBI warning came across the screen that stated that the program was not allowed to be recorded. Of course there was a student that picked up on that and made a comment. I wasn’t sure what to say. Now I know that it was legally used because it was only used for educational purposes and considered Fair Use. Realistically, A&E and the FBI would never know about it, because a very small number of students viewed it and I wasn’t making money from it.
More recently, I used a few photos that I found on the Internet to enhance educational websites that I created. I know now, I should have cited my sources and plan to do that from now on. This use would be protected, but it would be better to give the credit where it is used. I understand a little more about the importance of giving a person’s creative talents acknowledgement.
As far as classrooms and education use goes, everything is open for use as long as you are not making a profit with it. The laws protect teachers from sharing creative work with students so they can learn about our culture and history, without worrying about getting in trouble.