Q. I've heard that the copyright law has recently changed. Is this for the better?
The law on these exceptions has recently (June 2014) changed in a number of small but important ways, to make our copyright system better suited to the digital age. These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs. The final changes, relating to 'Parody, caricature and pastiche', and 'Copying for personal use', came into force on October 1st 2014.
Copyright protects literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works as well as films, sound recordings, book layouts, and broadcasts. If you want to copy or use a copyright work then you usually have to get permission from the copyright owner, but there are a few exceptions where you can copy or use part or all of a copyright work without permission.
Where a work contains a performance, the performer will also have rights over how the work is used. The exceptions to copyright also apply to these related rights.
The majority of uses of copyright materials will continue to require permission from copyright owners, so you should be careful when considering whether you can rely on an exception, and if in doubt you should seek legal advice.
Copyright infringement is against the law and can incur severe penalties for both the individual and the educational establishment where they are employed.
You can find out more information from the links in this answer.