You sometimes hear these myths:
- Everything on the web is publicly available, so it's all public domain and I can reuse it.
- All educational use is Fair Use.
- It's okay to make copies if I don't sell them, or as long as I'm not making a profit.
- All I have to do is give attribution and I can use the material I want.
- I'm putting the information up on my password protected web page/blog/online course. Since it won't be publicly available, it's not a violation of copyright.
Taken alone, NONE of these factors justify fair use.
A few uses of copyrighted material are generally okay, but often it's more complicated than you might imagine.
Kati Haskins in the Parkland Learning Commons can provide some basic guidance on copyright, but tricky stuff gets referred to the lawyers!
WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK FOR PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER