Request forms and templates

Online request: Student to use online materials

Online request: Instructor to use online materials

Sample: Instructor request to copyright owner

Sample: Request to record guest lecturer

Sample: Instructor request to use student work (FERPA request)

Concepts and resources


Copyright is a legal protection to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other works. The copyright owner has the exclusive right to control and authorize reproduction, distribution and transformation of the work.

Copyright basics, Kansas State University

U.S. Copyright Office

ISU Bookstore copyright compliance Q&A

ISU intellectual property policies and information

Online copyright tutorial (BYU)

“What you can do” reference chart (Know Your Copy Rights)

Fair use

Fair use is the legal concept that allows for the use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research without the need for permission from the copyright owner.

The user must reference/acknowledge source of material.

Various factors must be considered when determining whether “fair use” applies, such as whether the use affects the market potential of the original and how widely it will be distributed and under what conditions.

U.S. Copyright Office - fair use

ISU Library instructor policy for audio/video materials

ISU Library instructor policy for electronic and paper-based materials


Plagiarism is the use of someone’s information, ideas, phrasing, or product (including computer code, images, audio, etc.) without providing credit to the developer or copyright owner.

ISU Library - understanding plagiarism

ISU academic dishonesty policy

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, including work created by students.

U.S. Department of Education - FERPA

American Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers - FERPA Guide

A little fun with copyright…

YouTube: A Fair(y) Use Tale - Copyright Law

Copyright quiz

Copyright quiz (University of Massachusetts)

Copyright on the internet quiz

Copyright FLASH Q/A site