Although I’ve never before run into an issue with copyright before, I only say this knowing that I very well could have (and probably have) unlawfully used others’ images, music, etc. for my school projects. This lack of awareness on my part—and I’m sure on others’ as well—is so necessary to catch now as students, before our work becomes even more viewable and subject to scrutinization in our future worlds within academia and professional life.
Considering my misuse of materials as a student, it seems that me breaking such copyright codes could easily be read as an act to be filed under a “fair use” claim, as this defense, according to “Copyright Law Affects Course Readings,”considers “the purpose and character of the use” (e.g. me using an image as a student for a class PowerPoint presentation), as well as “the effect on the value of the copyrighted work” (minimal, in my cases), among other factors. Bearing these considerations in mind, as a student accidentally abusing copyrighted work, I would be far less likely to face unwelcome consequences than I would as a professor publishing this image in a textbook.
However, as an instructor scanning work to use within a class, I fear that the waters will be a bit murkier for me. While I am aware of the four factors to look to when considering whether a work violates its copyright, I’ll probably be looking for second opinions from a librarian here before risking legal trouble.