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Copyright and You

Faculty, staff and students at Cleveland Community College are responsible for following all Copyright Law while using College supplies and equipment. On this page we have gathered materials that will help you make sure you are following College Policy on Copyright Law.

What is Copyright?

Copyright Compliance at CCC

Best Practices for Copyright Compliance

Documents and Forms

Tools for Compliance

Copyright Friendly Resources

Streaming Copyrighted Material Online

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What is Copyright?

copyright symbol Copyright is the exclusive legal right (Title 17, U.S. Code), given to the creators of “original works of authorship.” Copyright protection applies to published and unpublished works, and extends to literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual creations. Copyright law gives to the copyright holder all rights regarding  the following:

  • the work’s reproduction in copies or recordings
  • the preparation of derivative copies based on the work
  • the distribution of copies or recordings for sale, lease, or rental
  • public performance, display, or broadcast

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Copyright Compliance at CCC

Section 1.31 of the Cleveland Community College Policies and Procedures Manual contains the College Policy on copyright compliance. This policy states, in part:

"Cleveland Community College requires all faculty, staff, and students to respect the rights of copyright owners by refraining from actions that constitute an infringement of federal Copyright Law. . . .Faculty, staff, and students are responsible for adhering to Copyright Law while using College supplies and equipment and in all production and distribution of educational materials and presentations for the College"

A Copyright Manual (Copyright Compliance at Cleveland Community College) has been developed to assist faculty, staff, and students with copyright compliance as they use information owned by others in the course of teaching, learning, research, or administration of the College. 

Best Practices for Copyright Compliance

“Best Practices” have been developed to support college faculty and librarians, media educators, online course developers, documentary filmmakers, and creators and users of video. Many of these best practices are available below.

Documents and Forms

Tools for Compliance

Copyright Friendly Resources

For copyright friendly resources including videos, audio, images, and instructional content see the Library's page on Open Educational Resources.

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Streaming Copyrighted Video Online

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