|Brian Cockburn's principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, and intellectual property.|
Copyright@JMU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
You may usually use copyright-protected media in face to face (F2F) lectures in a classroom. Pointing to or “embedding” publicly available media within your site is probably fine (unless there are licenses that, in fact, prohibit it–always read the fine print). And, pointing to or embedding media licensed by JMU is almost always ok since it usually is protected by authentication.
However, capturing, copying, or “ripping” protected media (music, video, or images) to include in a fixed, tangible “site” usually requires that you obtain permission OR your use falls under provisions of the TEACH Act.
To determine whether your use is within TEACH Act provisions you should use the Exceptions for Instructors eTool.
Some important questions you will need to answer (although not all have to answered in the affrimative):
In all cases, it is best to document this use using tools like the Exceptions for Instructors eTool and the Fair Use Evaluator. These can provide documentation of a “good faith” effort at responsible use and limit liability.
Additionally, JMU libraries has compiled a list of Free Media for Creative Use where you can find high quality music tracks, video, and images that may be used for creative endeavors. most of the tracks, videos, and images are licensed under Creative Commons, in the Public Domain, or licensed by JMU.