What the Copyright Modernization Act Means for Teachers and Students
Fair dealing for education: The Bill enables the use of copyrighted materials for the purpose of education, provided the use is "fair" (i.e., it does not harm the market for a work).
Publicly available material on the Internet: The Bill allows teachers and students to use publicly available material that has been legitimately posted for free use on the Internet by copyright owners for the purposes of teaching and education. For example, a teacher could make handouts that include an illustration from a website that is freely accessible.
Online learning: The Bill allows schools to transmit lessons that include copyrighted sections over the Internet. For example, this would allow a student in Nunavut to access an online course offered by a university in Alberta.
Digital delivery of course materials: The Bill enables schools to share copyrighted material with their students online (i.e., digital course packs), subject to fair compensation for the copyright holders.
Digital interlibrary loans: The Bill permits libraries to email copyrighted material as part of an interlibrary loan, provided measures are taken to protect further distribution of the material.
Enhancing existing education exceptions: The Bill makes existing education exceptions flexible for use in the future by removing references to specific technologies, such as flip charts and overhead projectors, and by removing the requirement to pay copyright owners to show films or recordings of broadcasts for educational purposes. The Bill also creates a new exception allowing educational institutions to record a news program or a news commentary program for later viewing by the students.
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."http://creativecommons.org/
Creative Commons in K-12 Education
This article, by Wesley Freyer, outlines Tools for the Teks: Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Creative Commons in K-12 Education