[caption id="attachment_119294" align="alignleft" width="215"] U.S. copyright law includes five exclusive rights, but educators can use copyrighted works under the fair use practice.[/caption]

With headlines about tough copyright rulings fresh in their minds, educators across the nation might hesitate when it comes to using copyrighted material in their lessons or sharing copyrighted works with students.

But according to the American Library Association (ALA), educators should not worry about using such material to boost student knowledge if it falls under the scope of fair use.

The original and intended purpose of copyright law is to promote learning...

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