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Purpose & Disclaimer

Greenville Technical College librarians maintain this guide to give employees and students a resource for copyright-related information and services. The information presented in this guide is for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for actual legal advice. Please consult an expert in copyright law for legal advice.


GTC Copyright Policies & Procedures

Greenville Tech has published an administrative policy on copyright and intellectual property along with a copyright compliance form to help employees document efforts to properly use copyrighted materials.



    If you continue to have questions or concerns about copyright-related issues, contact Greenville Tech's Copyright Officer:

    Cindy Davies
    Dean of Learning Resources
    Phone (864) 250-8494


    What is Copyright Law?

    Read the official text of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code).

    United States Copyright Law protects authors or creators of various published and unpublished works. Except as allowed by this code, it is a violation of law for persons to copy, distribute, perform, digitally transmit, or to create a new work based upon a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner.

    Categories Protected by Copyright

    Copyright does not protect ideas, titles, names, short phrases, works in the public domain, forms that collect information, or links to Web sites. It does, however, protect "forms of expressions" delivered in the following formats:

    • Literary works
    • Musical works (along with accompanying lyrics)
    • Dramatic works (along with accompanying music)
    • Pantomimes and choreographic works
    • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
    • Motion pictures and audiovisual works
    • Sound recordings
    • Architectural works
    • Computer programs

    Author's Exclusive Rights

    Copyright law gives an author/creator the exclusive rights to:

    • Reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords
    • Prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work
    • Distribute copies or phonorecords of the work by sale to the public or other transfer of ownership, rental, lease, or lending
    • Perform literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work publicly.

    Useful Copyright Links


    Print Resources

    The following list contains just some of the copyright-related books available from GTC Libraries:

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    The Complete Guide to Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks - Heather L. Shepherd; Matthew L. Cole
    ISBN: 9781601382313
    Publication Date: 2008-01-12

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    Copyright Infringement - Roman Espejo
    Call Number: K1485 .C674 2009
    ISBN: 9780737743586
    Publication Date: 2009

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    Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators - Kenneth D. Crews
    Call Number: KF2995 .C74 2012
    ISBN: 9780838910924
    Publication Date: 2011

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    Intellectual Property Rights - Sylvia Engdahl
    Call Number: KF2995 .I567 2010
    ISBN: 9780737744897
    Publication Date: 2009

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    Understanding Copyright Law - Linda A. Tancs
    Call Number: KF2995 .T365 2009
    ISBN: 9780199730223
    Publication Date: 2009

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    Reclaiming Fair Use - Patricia Aufderheide; Peter Jaszi
    Call Number: KF3020 .A944 2011
    ISBN: 9780226032283
    Publication Date: 2011

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    Copyright Policies - Patricia Keogh (Compiled by); Rachel Crowley (Compiled by)
    Call Number: Z649 .L53 C67 2008
    ISBN: 9780838984598
    Publication Date: 2008

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