Copyright plays a significant role in both face-to-face and online teaching. If you show images or films in your class, copy articles or chapters, use Blackboard or blogs, you should familiarize yourself with the copyright issues that impact you and your students.
This guide will provide you with an introduction to the essentials and point you toward additional resources and tools you can use to make navigating copyright in the classroom more straightforward.
Questions about copyright?
Contact Jennifer Kelley, the Library's copyright liaison
Materials you create for your classes – tests, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, study guides – are your intellectual property, which means that copyright laws grant you exclusive rights over this work. You alone have the right to copy and distribute your material; unless you publish your work under a Creative Commons license or otherwise grant permission, anyone sharing your work is violating your copyright.
If you find course materials that YOU created on websites that do not have your permission, request that they are taken down.
In some cases, posted course material is indexed by search engines. You can use the search engine to find the infringing material. Learn how to create Google Alerts for your course materials.
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.