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COD Library Copyright Guide: Classroom Copyright

What do you want to assign or use?

Familiarize yourself with copyright best practices for these commonly-used materials. Each tab provides you with links to library resources as well as recommendations and prohibitions.

Journal Articles

Best practices for using or assigning journal articles:

If the full-text of the article is available electronically in a Library database

You can: You cannot:
  • provide your students with the article's permalink
  • print the article for your own individual use
  • request that the article be made available on e-reserves
  • download a PDF and then make it available on Blackboard
  • make the article freely available online
  • print the article and put it in a coursepack (without permission from the copyright holder)

If the article is available in print format in the Library 

You can: You cannot:
  • scan the article and make the link to the article available via Blackboard
  • request that the article be made available on e-reserves
  • copy the article for your own individual use
  • provide the link to the PDF online outside of Blackboard
  • make the article freely available online outside of Blackboard
  • print the article and put it in a coursepack (without permission from the copyright holder)

Books and Book Chapters

Best practices for using or assigning books or book chapters:

If the Library owns a copy of the book:

You can: You cannot:
  • request that copies the book be put on reserve at the library
  • copy small portions of the book with the title page and full citation for placement on course reserve
  • scan small portions of the book with the title page and full citation for placement on e-reserve or on Blackboard
  • copy more than a small portion of the book (the portion should not be greater than what is needed to achieve stated objective and should not comprise the "heart" of the work)
  • copy any portion of a textbook or workbook
  • make links to chapters freely available online
  • print chapters and include them in a coursepack

If the book is in the public domain:

You can: You cannot:
  • copy it, scan it, link to any portion of it, and use it for any purpose
  • make the material freely available online
  • place copies of the book on reserve in the Library
  • find public domain books via Project Gutenberg, Hathi Trust, and Internet Archive
  • copy, scan or share any copyright protected additions to the book (illustrations, prefaces, etc.)

Video and Sound Recordings

Best Practices

  • List on your syllabus any recordings you plan on using in class
  • Provide the full citation in the style used in your course for all recordings
  • Seek permission or licenses from copyright holders for uses that otherwise may not be permitted - https://cod.libguides.com/copyrightlaw/permission
  • Find streaming media in the Library's databases  www.codlrc.org/databases/videos-online and www.codlrc.org/databases/music
Some Netflix Original educational documentaries are available for one-time screenings. For more information, visit https://help.netflix.com/en/node/57695

 

If the CD or DVD is in the Library's collection 

You can: You cannot:
  • play the recording in a face-to-face class
  • request digitization of clips of a recording for electronic access - www.codlrc.org/circulation/reserves
  • play the recording outside of your normally scheduled classroom setting
  • play illegally recorded or downloaded recordings
  • copy recordings to downloadable file formats 

If the recording is the Library's streaming media collection:

You can:

  • provide permalinks to streaming videos, clips, or playlists

Images

Best Practices

  • For all images, provide the full citation in the style used in your course
  • Identify Creative Commons licensed images or images licensed for educational use

If the image is available in a Library database

You can: You cannot
  • provide the permalink to the images
  • make printed copies of the image for term papers, class handouts, and research.
  • use images in presentations
  • send individual images via College email to a COD student, faculty or staff member
  • use images for publication outside of the classroom
  • send images to individuals outside of the College
  • make images or links to images freely available online

If the image is available online

You can: You cannot:
  • print or display the image for use in face-to-face teaching
  • provide a link to the image
  • copy and paste images in Blackboard or online*
  • print images and include them in coursepacks*
* unless the image has been made available under a license that allows this use

If the image is in the public domain

You can:

 

The information on this site is intended to inform the faculty, staff, and students at the College of DuPage about copyright and to provide guidelines for using and creating copyrighted material. The information should not be considered legal advice.

For more information contact the Library's Copyright Liaison.

  • URL: https://library.cod.edu/copyright
  • Last Updated: Sep 17, 2020 11:24 AM
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