How to Use this Guide
Use the TABS at the top of the guide to navigate to the page that best describes the type of material or question you may have regarding copyright. The guide DOES NOT provide legal advice, but suggests "best practices" for complying with copyright in an academic setting. The guide covers the following subjects:
- Fair use guidelines for motion media, text material, images, and music (lyrics, audio, and video)
- Copyright issues specific to distance learning (i.e. Blackboard, Moodle, and other digital platforms)
- Suggested online resources for information about copyright compliance in the academic environment
AUC Copyright Guidelines
The PDF file below details the official copyright guidelines for the AUC's Library and Learning Technologies (LLT) department. These guidelines were written by the LLT Copyright Complianace Committee on February 17, 2005.
Why Copyright is Important!
Copyright compliance is important because it:
1. Encourages authors and other creative individuals to produce new, quality works.
2. Ensures that your institution is operating lawfully when reproducing or reusing third-party works.
3. Demonstrates your respect for the rights of others and their work.
"Copyright Basics" Video from the Copyright Clearance Center
A brief trailer for a free 6 ½ minute video produced by Copyright Clearance Center entitled, "Copyright Basics."
The complete video can be viewed or downloaded for free HERE.