2) If the resource is under copyright law, then you should check to see how it is licensed. When something is licensed, we are contracted to use (not own) it, whether through Creative Commons or through the library. If you got the resource through the library, you can check with any librarian to make sure you understand the licensing terms. For example, Debbie Benrubi is our specialist on all our streaming video licensing.
3) If there are no licensing terms but it is under copyright protections, you can also check to see if your use of the work fall under fair use. We recommend that you use this helpful checklist to guide you and help formulate your fair use case: ALA Fair Use Checklist
4) If you don't think your use is fair, then you might need to ask permission. But please note that linking is legal in the United States, and you don't need to ask permission!
Don't panic! You should know that copyright law supports education, and the library is here to support you. There are, in fact, not just one, not two, but three pieces of legislation that educators depend on to do things like show videos in a class, hand out copies of articles to students, and use screenshots of websites in order to teach a point.
This is the part of copyright law that details how "the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."
This is the part of copyright law that details how "performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction" is not infringement.
This resource details the legislative history and FAQs for the "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act" (the TEACH Act). It "redefined the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright protected materials in distance education-including on websites and by other digital means--without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties."
These are all tools that people have created to help you determine whether you can use a copyrighted work. Please note that they do not provide legal advice, simply education and guidance. The tools use the information you provide it as well as your own judgement on the fairness of use.
This tool generates you a time-stamped, PDF document for your records [example], which could prove valuable, should you ever be asked by a copyright holder to provide your fair use evaluation and the data you used to support it.