This summer, I will be releasing all 20 Teacher Creator’s Toolbox videos here on the Core Inspiration blog. Teacher Creator’s Toolbox is a comprehensive guide to help you succeed as a seller in the TPT marketplace. If you are interested in watching these video tutorials in chronological order, visit my video index here.
What You’ll Learn
(00:23) Abiding By Copyright Laws
(03:31) Creating A Copyright Stamp
(04:20) TOU Template Download
TOOL 3 TRANSCRIPT
Welcome to the Legal Tools! When designing Teacher Creator’s Toolbox, I decided to teach you all the legal guidelines you need to know as a Creator before teaching you how to promote and design products. That’s because these tools will ensure that everything you will soon design is properly secured and created with copyright laws in mind.
Your terms will outline the rules that a customer must agree to abide by in order to use your resource in their home or classroom.
Start with an introductory statement. Thank your customer for their purchase/download. Be sure to state that you retain the copyright to the resource and that they are being licensed as a single user of the resource (or licensed for multiple users if you wish). Then, move on to explicitly state what they, as a licensed user, may and may not do with your resource.
In the “you may” section, be sure to cover the use of the resource:
- In a single classroom
- In multiple classrooms
- Referenced in blog posts
- In seminars
- In professional development workshops
Then, be sure to outline the copyright crediting required to you for these uses to prevent teachers from claiming the resource as their own creation through these venues.
In the “you may not” section of your TOU, include everything from:
- Removing your name from the resource
- Altering files
- Removal of copyright symbols and watermarks
- Selling the files
- Giving the files away for free
- Making copies for unlicensed users
- Obtaining the resource via any of the above listed methods
It is always good etiquette to close with a final thank you and an offer to sort out any technical problems that may arise.
Keep in mind, including a TOU page in your resources does not guarantee that everyone will abide by your terms. BUT if you do have the unfortunate occurrence of finding your resource being misused in any of the ways you have listed, you have formal documentation that will help you in the process of stopping that misuse.
I save my TOU language in a text box within its own document so I can easily copy and paste it when finalizing each resource.
The only other item within this document is a copyright watermark, which can also be easily copied and pasted to each page of my resource.
I recommend making the copyright logo right around size 10 font. I rarely make it larger than this because I don’t want it to be distracting.
If ever you want to add the copyright symbol to a Microsoft document, simply click your cursor where you want to insert the symbol > click insert > click symbol > the symbol browser will open > click the copyright symbol and close the symbol browser.
Once you’ve added one copyright watermark, you can just copy and paste it multiple times.
Protect Your Intellectual Property
In the next tool, I will give you information about following Commercial Use guidelines when selecting fonts and graphics to spruce up your resources.