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HACC Library - Copyright Information

Simple Solutions to Avoid Copyright Infringement


Link to articles and web sites. While many licenses allow posting content to e-reserves or course management systems, such as WebCT, as a general practice the Libraries recommend creating a link to the electronic journal or database, not to the pdf. Then they are responsible for copyright.

Cite all uses of other people's work. If you use a clip of a song in your PowerPoint presentation, be sure to have a slide at the end that acknowledges the artist and from where the sound clip came.  If you incorporate a diagram from a book into a paper, be sure to indicate where you got it. Provide proper credit to sources when you use information obtained from books, periodicals or websites.

Get permission. If you think the use of the work does not fall under the fair use provision, then you must request permission from the copyright owner to use the copyrighted work.  This is the RIGHT and LEGAL thing to do.

You should not photocopy and distribute material. Students can make their own copy of materials without infringement.

Scanning to change the format is not compliant. You cannot scan an article or photograph from a journal and then put it on the Internet (ERes, LibGuides or web pages); the copyright would still reside with the author of the work.

When showing a film outside the classroom, ALWAYS check for public performance rights. If the film was not purchased with performance rights, the film cannot be shown outside the classroom unless ther is an educational component.  

§ 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays

Answers to Copyright Questions