Copyright Compliance Checklist
To determine whether your proposed use of copyrighted material conforms to this policy, analyze the proposed use according to the following checklist:
1. Determine whether the work is in the public domain or whether it is protected by copyright. To determine the copyright status of a work, check these handy websites:
- https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain or
If the work is not protected by copyright, you may use it as you wish.
2. Determine whether the work is licensed by the college (e.g., an article from an electronic database licensed by the college). If so, determine whether your proposed use is permitted by the terms of the license. For example, you may be able to direct students to an electronic version of a journal article with a link, but not to download and copy the article and place it on reserve. If you need assistance in this process, contact the User Services Librarian. If the proposed use is permitted by the terms of the license, your analysis ends here.
3. Determine whether the proposed use falls within the Safe Harbor guidelines. If so, you can use the document as you propose.
4. If the proposed use goes beyond the Safe Harbor guidelines, you will have to apply the Fair Use Test.
5. If the proposed use involves a coursepack or print or digital reserve, ensure that you have complied with the requirements applicable to those documents.
- Is it a coursepack?
- Is it an item to be placed on print reserve in the library?
- Is it an item to be placed in the electronic learning environment?
- Consider whether it may be more efficient for you to direct your students to articles in an electronic database licensed by the college, rather than to create a coursepack.
7. If you wish to use a copyrighted work in your distance learning course, analyze the proposed use as you would for any other work.