Howard Community College (HCC) supports the responsible, good faith use of copyrighted works by HCC personnel as specified by law.
If a work is copyrighted and not covered by a license or conditions of use, there are several ways to still use the work in question:
Under United States copyright law, the “fair use doctrine” allows certain specified uses of a copyrighted work without requiring prior permission of the copyright owner under certain circumstances. The term “fair use” has generally been defined as the right to use copyrighted works in a reasonable manner without consent of the author. College faculty or staff who “fair use” copyrighted works must consider in advance the applicability of the following four statutory factors in making a fair use analysis.
The library facilitates use of copyrighted works by HCC personnel. When copyrighted works are submitted for duplication, they must be accompanied by a completed copyright release form, which may be obtained from the library, and a copy of any letter of permission received. However, if the instructor decides the duplication falls within a copyright exception such as fair use, the instructor will check this section on the copyright release form.
For assistance determining a copyright exception, such as fair use, or obtaining copyright permission to use a copyright work, contact the director of the library, who serves as the designated copyright officer.
Policy Manual Review/Revision: 12/6/13