Copyright and intellectual property rights are critical issues in American education and a variety of copyright laws, agreements, and guidelines restrict substantially the liberties educators can take in using copyrighted materials for educational use. It is the responsibility of each member of the College community—faculty member, administrator, staff, and student--to use copyrighted materials legally and appropriately in the classroom, in research, and in meetings and presentations. The Copyright guidelines presented here are designed to assist College employees and students in determining how to best comply with current copyright laws and regulations.
Course packets may be compiled using the copyright guidelines below and may be sold through the College Store or distributed in class through a series of handouts. You must obtain copyright permission to use materials in these packets.
To facilitate the process of obtaining copyright, the College has a contract with the Copyright Clearance Center. The contract is administered by the College Bookstore. If you are compiling course materials that are copyrighted, or if you are unsure if they are copyrighted, please contact the College Bookstore for assistance.
The University of Texas has created an excellent crash course in copyright that you may find useful in answering questions about Fair Use, multi-media, and online presentations. Please be sure that if you use this site, you return to the College web site and College contact persons for answers to your specific copyright questions.
To go to the University of Texas site, click here: Crash Course in Copyright.
Intellectual Property Rights
As you prepare materials for use at the College, be aware that the College will hold the copyright to your work product. This is currently under review by the Copyright Committee. For information or questions related to acquiring intellectual property rights for yourself, please contact Chris Lacombe, the College General Counsel.