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Open Educational Resources at CCC

How and where to find OER materials and related information.


Article I Section 8 | Clause 8– Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution. [The Congress shall have power] “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

Copyright FAQ from the U.S. Copyright Office


copyright on campus

Review this helpful video from the Copyright Clearance Center for information about copyright law and its impact on the academic institution’s use of intellectual property.

Read information about using copyrighted material at CCC from the Contra Costa Community College District Curriculum and Instruction Board.

know your copy rights

Association of Research Libraries, Know Your Copy Rights (2009), CC-BY-NC

TEACH ACT - Applies to Online Teaching

TEACH ACT | Sec. 110(2) is triggered whenever the performance or display of a copyrighted work is transmitted and applies only to mediated instruction. Mediated instructional activities are those that use such [permitted] works

  • As an integral part of the class experience
  • Under the control or actual supervision of the instructor
  • In a manner analogous to performances and displays in live classroom settings.

What Does TEACH Say? Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries (2018)


TEACH Act Checklist | University of Texas (UT) Library

Tips for Using Video in Online Ed | University of Rhode Island (URI) Library

TEACH Act FAQs | Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries

Tips for Online Courses  | Diablo Valley College Library


FAIR USE | 17 U.S.C. § 107
Answering these two key questions is an easy way to determine whether you're in compliance with Fair Use:

  1. Did the use "transform" the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a broadly beneficial purpose different from that of the original, or did it just repeat the work for the same intent and value as the original?  
  2. Was the material taken appropriate in kind and amount, considering the nature of the copyrighted work and of the use?

Association of Research Libraries, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (2012)


Exceptions for Instructors in U.S. Copyright Laws 
Free, online, interactive tool that helps you find out whether your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law. Very helpful! 

Four Factors of Fair Use | University of California (UC) Copyright

Fair Use Evaluator (interactive) | American Library Association
Wondering if your use of copyrighted material qualifies as fair use? Enter your information into this tool and it will help you decide.

Fair Use Evaluation Tool | University of Minnesota (UM) Library
Think through your specific case of fair use with the help of this tool. 

Fair Use Specific Scenarios | Diablo Valley College Library
Best Practices applied to various types of sources.

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