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Copyright & Fair Use in the Classroom

This guide is intended to help faculty navigate the use and reproduction of copyright protected works in the classroom and on online course platforms.

Fair Use Best Practices based on US Copyright Law

The following resources provide best practices in fair use in fields relevant to AUD's programs and may be of interest. Please do note that they may include references to additional exceptions in US copyright law, for example, "face-to-face" instruction and distance education. These exceptions do not apply to for-profit educational institutions and are not included in UAE copyright law.


Films & Documentaries

Compiled by The Society for Cinema and Media Studies. It deals with classroom screenings, broadcasts, and derivative works.

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
Independent Feature Project
International Documentary Association
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
Women in Film and Video, Washington, D.C., Chapter

"Code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use."

CMSI: Center for Media & Social Impact

Visual Arts


Academic Libraries