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Open Educational Resources at ECC: Copyright

Learn how to find and use OER materials in teaching and learning.

What is Copyright?

Copyright and the United States

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:

"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 on Campus

Watch Copyright on Campus - A fun and informative overview of U.S. copyright law and its impact on colleges and universities from the Copyright Clearance Center.

Copyright for Students

Can I make a copy?

ECC Libraries recommend that when copying, apply the following guidelines:

  1. Copying is limited to a single chapter of a book of 10 or fewer chapters or 10% of a book with more than 10 chapters
  2. Copying is limited to a single article from a print journal
  3. Copying is limited to a single story, essay, or poem from an anthology

Do not copy in order to avoid purchasing the materials.

You must attempt to obtain permission from the copyright holder if your intended use falls outside the parameters discussed here.

What is Fair Use?

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Creative Commons License
"Open Educational Resources at ECC" is a derivative of "Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Regina Gong used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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