Shifting from in-person to online teaching can be challenging, but copyright law does not have to be. Most of the legal issues are the same for in-person and on-line. If it was okay to do in class, it is often okay to do online, especially when your online access is limited to the same enrolled students.
If it was legal to show slide images in class, it is likely legal to show them to students via live video conferencing or in recorded videos. As long as your new course video is being shared through course websites limited to the same enrolled students, the legal issues are fairly similar.
Many instructors routinely post a copy of their slides as a file for students to access after in-person course meetings, which also likely doesn't present any new issues after online course meetings.
The differences between online and in-person teaching can be a bit more complex when they involve audio or video. Playing audio or video off of physical media during an in-person class session is protected by a provision of copyright law called the "Classroom Use Exemption". However, that exemption doesn't cover playing the same media online. If you can limit audio and video use for your course to relatively brief clips, you may be able to include those in lecture recordings or live-casts under the copyright provision called Fair Use. For media use longer than brief clips, you may need to have students independently access the content outside of your lecture videos. Some further options are outlined below.
Ideally you will continue to post your videos to the College's Canvas Platform where it is easy easy to control access at the level of individual videos, and to connect to your course in Canvas.
Hopefully, by mid-semester, your students have already gotten access to all assigned reading materials. As always, the librarians can help with getting things online - linking to Libraries subscription resources, finding ebooks where available, and much more.
If you want to share additional materials with students as you revise instructional plans,or if you want students to share more resources with each other in an online discussion board, keep in mind some simple guidelines:
Linking to publicly available online content like news websites, existing online videos, etc is rarely a copyright issue. Just don't link to things that look suspicious, like an entire YouTube video of "The Lion King" recorded by Joe Schmoe.
Linking to subscription content through the Libraries is also a great option - a lot of our subscription content will work even for off-campus users.
Making copies of new materials for students (by downloading and uploading files, or by scanning from physical documents) can present some copyright issues, but they're not different from those involved in deciding whether to share something online with your students when you are meeting in-person. It's better not to make copies of entire works. Copying portions of works to share with students will often be Fair Use, and at times (especially in unusual circumstances, or with works that aren't otherwise commercially available) it may even be fair use to make lengthier copies. Librarians are available to scan physical copies of chapters that can be shared with students.
Individual instructors are responsible for their own choices in course readings and other instructional content - including the decision to rely on fair use when using particular materials in a course context. Libraries staff members can help you understand the relevant issues.
Where an instructor doesn't feel comfortable relying on fair use, a librarian may be able to suggest alternative content that is already online through library subscriptions, or publicly online content.
Video and Audio
Showing an entire movie or film or musical work online may be a bit more of an issue than playing it in class - but there may be options for your students to access it independently online. The Libraries already have a selection of licensed streaming audio and video content, which you are welcome to use in your online course.
Here are some additional resources on copyright issues in shifting courses online:
Unless otherwise noted, all content on the Copyright Information section of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. Content has been adapted from the University of Minnesota available at https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/rapidly-shifting-a-course-online. Do not construe the above information as legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.