Copyrights and licenses are similar in that they both give specific rights to the people that hold them.
In the case of textbooks, most publishers use licensing agreements to control the distribution of their material. This is why books labelled "Instructor Copy" or "Review Copy" cannot be placed on reserve - the license prohibits this, and supercedes copyright.
Corning Community College adheres to copyright law and will not duplicate nor convert media to a digital format unless the following conditions are met and documented by the requestor.
We strongly recommend that, instead of relying on conversion of VHS to DVD, you look for another film that meets your needs. The Library is happy to assist you with this if needed.
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.
(definition from the U.S. Copyright Office - more definitions and resources)
It is often assumed that "Fair use" allows for the use of copyrighted materials in an educational setting - however, this is not always the case. Even the U.S. Copyright Office acknowledges that "the distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission."
Legal specifics of copyright are addressed in Title 17 of the United States Code. For more information on fair use, read Section 107 of Title 17.
Title 17 (.pdf files) - Section 107 is in Chapter 1
I need images for a project/presentation/slideshow/etc. Where can I find some?
Right-clicking someone else’s image and pasting it into your document or placing it on your own website without asking is a copyright violation, unless the creator of the image has shared it for free distribution. Searching Google for images is NOT a guarantee that an image is free to use! Try these sites (and always read the accompanying documentation!):
Under what conditions can I show a video to my students?
May I show library-owned multimedia materials to a community discussion group?
The popular cinema titles in the library's collection generally do NOT have public performance rights, and may not be used outside of the classroom except for private home viewing.
The document below provides a brief summary of copyright & reserve issues. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us! We will do our best to answer your questions.