This guide is provided as a summary of intellectual property rights, copyright, and fair use as it applies in educational situations. Please keep in mind that this guide was created by librarians and not lawyers. Information found in this guide is not intended to be legal advice.
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The Ogeechee Technical College Copyright Policy expresses its commitment to “maintain compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States.” Copyright is also addressed in the Intellectual Property Policy. It states that intellectual property produced on behalf of the college or using its resources should not “violate any law,” “violate or infringe any intellectual property right,” nor “libel, defame, or invade the privacy of any person or firm.”
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Users of copyrighted materials accessible in and through the Library are obligated to adhere to the guidelines regarding fair use for educational institutions. Library users bear personal responsibility for abiding by the copyright laws of the United States when using photocopiers, computers, software applications, reserve material services, or making slides for presentations.