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COD Library Copyright Guide: Online Teaching

What do you need to know about copyright to teach online?

First, know that material is either protected by copyright or it's not.

If the work isn't protected by copyright, you can use as much as you like, however you like. This includes:

  • Works that are not copyrightable
  • Works where the copyright has expired
  • Works that have been put into the public domain by their creators

If the work is protected by copyright, you may still be able to use it in your class. Your options include:

  • Getting permission
  • Seeking a license
  • Taking advantage of educational exceptions
  • Claiming fair use

For more information about these options, review the content below:

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.

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