In Simple Terms
Infringement of intellectual property rights is an issue that you need to take very seriously. If you are found to be in breach of these rights, the minimum consequences will be the deletion of your account and all content from TeachersToTeachers.Net, but you may also face serious legal action against you.
In simple terms, a good basic rule is to ask yourself, “Did I make this resource entirely by myself?”. If you can’t answer yes, then best not try to sell it.
You may have heard the term ‘fair use’ in the context of copyright. This is basically an exception included in copyright law which allows someone to use copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner. However, what is considered to be ‘fair use’ is still somewhat subjective and, as such, it is still highly advisable to only publish what you know to be your own work or to seek permission from copyright owners if you’re in any doubt.
There is also some confusion about ‘fair use’ and use for educational purposes. Please note that although you may be able to use copyrighted material in your classroom, that permission may not extend to you being able to sell it or any part of it.
If a piece of work is said to be in the public domain it means that nobody currently owns the copyright and as such it can be used by anyone. The problem is finding out whether or not something is in the public domain. So, again, the best advice is to ask for and get permission, but if you are in any doubt, don’t use it.
To ensure that you are the copyright owner of your original work, requires you to do nothing at all. If you are the creator of the work, your ownership of the copyright is automatically granted to you by law.
You can, if you wish, register your copyright and this can give you additional protection but it is not required. If you would like to do so, you should seek legal advice in your country of residence.
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If you believe that your copyright of any resource has been violated on TeachersToTeachers.Net, please contact us immediately with full details at: email@example.com