The U.S. Copyright Office provides a link to current legislation.
Education & Resources
See the following web sites for more information, remember copyright is complicated and different stakeholders (Copyright Clearance Center vs. an academic institution) may provide seemingly contradictory information.
Parkland subscribes to the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a service through which we can obtain permission for use of copyrighted works. Please use this service. The results of the 2012 Self Study reveal that this service is significantly underutilized at Parkland College.
The Library will initiate copyright permissions requests for you. To begin this process, please contact Deb Probasco (email@example.com) and provide the following information:
Course Information: course number and section, approximate number of students, online or face-to-face
Citation Information: author, title, pagination, publication dates, edition, etc.
Type of use: paper copy, e.g. class handout, course packet; electronic copy e.g. upload to Cobra, electronic library reserves, etc.
Allow a minimum of three weeks for the Library and Copyright Clearance Center to process your request.
Costs associated with copyright clearance are billed to the department and require approval of the Department Chair/Director.
From the Policies and Procedures Manual
POLICY 3.44 COPYRIGHT
The College adheres to the provisions of the U.S. copyright law(Title17, United States Code, Section 101, et seq.). The College recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and,as a matter of both integrity and adherence to law, setsforth these policies for all students and employees.
Approved: June 18, 2008
Copyrighted works include, but are not limited to, printed articles from publications, audio and video recordings, television and radio broadcasts, photographs, software programs, databases and World Wide Web pages.
1. No student or employee of Parkland College may reproduce, exhibit, or engage in public performances of copyrighted works in print, video, or digital form in violation of the law.
2. The Board directs the administration to develop and make available to students and employees copyright guidelines
a. encourage compliance with the copyright law
b. inform students and employees of their rights and responsibilities under the copyright law
c. inform employees regarding fair use guidelines, licenses, contractual agreements and other forms of permission that may be obtained for the use of copyrighted material.
3. Illegal copies or illegal sharing of copyrighted software, movies, or music may not be made or used on equipment owned by the College.
4. Employees who willfully disregard this policy do so at their own risk and assume all liability for their actions
NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United
States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies
or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions
specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a
photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is
that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose
other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a
request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in
excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright
infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying
order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve
violation of copyright law.
Copyright vs. Patents and Trademarks
Copyright protects original works of authorship. Patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be.
A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs, identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.