The Creative Commons provides an alternative licensing system so that authors, musicians and other creators can grant rights to the public to use their work without payment but still retain control over their copyright material. Schools can use Creative Commons resources such as music, film clips and photographs in their projects and teaching resources free of charge.
Use this PDF resource (National Copyright Unit Schools Resourcing Taskforce, Australia) to learn about Creative Commons licenses, and find out more about dealing with copyright at Smartcopying .
This article was published in the March 2008 issue of THE Journal and deals with schools' copyright responsibilities. A great quote from this article: "It's that widespread assumption that copyright simply doesn't apply to education that can, and has, gotten districts into trouble. The "fair use" provision of the US Copyright Act does exempt schools from some copyright infringement restrictions, but sets conditions on what constitutes fair use. But often, the only instruction in copyright law teachers receive comes from a sign hung over the school's copy machine. "