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Golden Rule of Copyright

Assume the work is protected by copyright unless you can prove it is in public domain.

("A work is “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression when its embodiment in a copy or phonorecord, by or under the authority of the author, is sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. A work consisting of sounds, images, or both, that are being transmitted, is “fixed” for purposes of this title if a fixation of the work is being made simultaneously with its transmission."US Code, Title 17-Copyrights Works found on the Internet are considered "fixed" under this definition.)

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About this Guide

Welcome to the Stark State College guide to Copyright!  This guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics.

This is a "best practices" guide.  It does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Myths About Copyright

Copyright on Campus video from the Copyright Clearance Center

What is Happening in Georgia with the GSU Copyright case?

For those who would like a brief overview of the Georgia State University Copyright case, I highly recommend this blog by the "Copyright Librarian"

Why Non-Academics Should Be Following the Georgia State U Case

More information on this case will be added as it becomes available.
Last updated: 6 June 2011

Where Credit is Due

A special thanks to  Katie Hutchinson, Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, Brother Edmond Drouin Library, Walsh University and Dennis Van Arsdale, Technical Services Librarian, Boreham Library, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith for sections of this LibGuide.

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Stark State College Policy

General Copyright Guidelines for Stark State College can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual:

Policy 3357: 15-13-34

Effective: August 27, 2012