Creating online materials for a public audience poses many challenges, but copyright need not be a big one. There are many ways to stay clear of copyright infringement. You can create lively, effective materials and still control costs and the risk of infringement. Find out what language teachers should know about digital copyright so they can develop course materials that are both open to the public and perfectly legal.
Georgia K. Harper is the Scholarly Communications Adviser for the University of Texas at Austin Libraries, where she focuses on issues of digital access. She was Senior Attorney and manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System until August 2006, and currently represents the Office of General Counsel as outside counsel for copyright. She is author of the well-repsected and often-cited online publication, The Copyright Crash Course, that provides guidance to university faculty, students, and staff concerning a wide range of copyright issues and is freely accessible to all universities and colleges.