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Copyright basics

The purpose of this guide is to help SCC faculty and students understand copyright laws and how to legally use a variety of works in class and in assignments. The guide may not answer all your questions, so please reach out to librarians any time.

Here are the topics covered in this guide

Introduction to copyright basics

Source: "Understanding Copyright, Public Domain, and Fair Use" by, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Click on the tabs in this guide to learn more about related concepts

  • Copyright symbolSCC copyright policy
  • Copyright basics
    • Copyright law
    • Fair use
    • Classroom use exception
    • TEACH Act
  • Practical applications (i.e. How do I legally use this stuff?) for:
    • Articles
    • Coursepacks
    • Images
    • Music (print and audio)
    • Online Instruction
    • Photocopying & scanning
    • Reserves
    • Video & Audio
  • Obtaining permission
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) for faculty   

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