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GTC Policies & Procedures
Useful Copyright Links
- U.S. Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is an agency of the federal government.
A helpful guide from the U.S. Copyright Office
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs from the U.S. Copyright Office
- Copyright Registration
Learn how to register your original works with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Know Your Copy Rights
A helpful brochure from the Association of Research Libraries
- Title 17
Cornell University School of Law's keyword-searchable index to Title 17
- Fair Use
Information from the U.S. Copyright Office
- Fair Use: A Guide
Explains fair use and provides analysis resources and examples to help you evaluate whether fair use can be acceptably applied to your circumstances.
Exceptions for Instructors
Self-guided evaluation of instructor planned copyright use by the American Library Association
Brief guide to the TEACH Act by the Copyright Clearance Center
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
18-page summary of the original 60-page DMCA of 1998
- WATCH Database
Search the University of Texas' WATCH database to find out who holds copyrights and how to contact to ask permission
When Can I Use Copyrighted Materials?
You may share copyrighted materials in the following situations:
- When you are the legal copyright owner
Note that you may not be the legal copyright owner of works that you created as part of your employment. Check the college's policy on Copyright and Intellectual Property and the U.S. Copyright Office web site for more information.
- When you have acquired written permission to use a work
See the "Getting Copyright Permission" section on this page for resources that will help you request permission to use copyrighted materials.
- When you link to an online resource
Instead of distributing copies, share links to electronic resources including publicly available websites and GTC Library & PASCAL resources.
- When you use materials that are in the public domain
American works in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright and may be distributed to students.
- When a Creative Commons notice appears on the work
Works with Creative Commons licensing may be copied, distributed, displayed, performed, and made into derivative works, but usually only when the work is attributed to the original creator and is not used for commercial purposes. Many Creative Commons and other open resources can be found on GTC Libraries' Open Educational Resources research guide.
- When fair use factors lean in your favor
Fair Use guidelines help educators determine the impact of using copyrighted materials in four areas -- purpose, nature, proportion, and impact. Remember that fair use is not clearly spelled out and it only affords protection for one time only and for resources that were lawfully made.
- When you are protected by the TEACH Act
All college members involved in distance learning have a role to play in securing protection under the TEACH Act.
Getting Copyright Permission
Uploading or downloading copyrighted works that are not subject to fair use without the permission of the copyright owner is a violation of Greenville Technical College policies and U.S. Copyright Law. GTC has an account with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to help faculty and staff acquire licenses for limited use of copyrighted materials.
Other possible sources of permission include:
Contact the Greenville Technical College Copyright Officer :
Director of Learning Resources
Barton Campus, Building 105, Room 129
Purpose & Disclaimer
Greenville Technical College Libraries maintains this guide to provide 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.