SDCCD Copyright Guidelines (pdf)

SDCCD Board Policy on Use of Copyrighted Material (pdf)


What Can be Copied? (Single Copy or Overhead Transparency)

Can I copy a single page or multiple pages from a text? Yes, but never the entire book.
Can I copy a workbook page that the students have purchased? Yes.
Can I copy a drawing from a book to use as a prompt for a dialogue or roleplay? Yes. (Source 5)


What Can be Copied? (Multiple Copies)

Can I copy more than one chapter from a book? No
Can I copy some pages from a book, rearrange them, select only certain passages, and paste them together in a different layout and then make multiple copies? No
Can I copy something from the teacher's manual of the text that I use to distribute to students? Yes
Can I copy pages from a book that is out of print? You would need permission from the author, since out-of-print book rights revert to the author. (Source 5)


What is Not Permitted?

Copying more than one chapter from a work.
Making multiple copies of different works that could substitute for the purchase of books.
Copying the same works from semester to semester.
Copying consumable texts (such as workbooks) or other materials intended for educational use (such as standardized tests and answer sheets). (Source 1)


When is Permission Required?

When you intend to use the materials for commercial purposes.
When you want to use the materials repeatedly.
When you want to use a work in its entirety and it is longer than 2,500 words. (Source 1)


What if I Request Permission and I Don't Get a Response?

If you don't receive a response to your request for permission, you cannot assume that you have been granted the necessary permission. (Source 1)


Is Internet Content Copyright Protected?

Material that is publicly available on the Internet and and in digital form has the same copyright protections as content in non-digital form. Assume that material on the Internet is copyrighted. Check the site to see if the website author (of text, video, audio, images, etc.) has provided copyright information. Request permission to use the material if there is no statement that the material is freely available. To avoid plagiarism, properly cite the source of the information. (Source 1)


What if there is no copyright notice on the work?

Works published after March 1, 1989, are not required to carry a copyright notice in order to be protected under the law. Therefore, the absence of a copyright notice does not mean that the work in question may be freely copied. (Source 1)


Do Academic Coursepacks Require Copyright Permission?

Yes, coursepacks, which may be a compilation of electronic or photocopied materials, require copyright permission prior to publication. (Source 2)


What Are the Consequences of Not Getting Copyright Permission?

The Copyright Act provides for the copyright owner to recover damages for unauthorized use of the owner's works. These damages may include the profits resulting from the infringement, or statutory damages ranging from $250 to $150,000 per willful infringement, as well as legal fees. (Source 2)


AP 3100.3 (link to pdf) outlines the expectations for honesty and integrity in the pursuit of students’ academic goals, as well as the consequences for cheating and plagiarism, which include violation of copyright laws.



  1. AAP, AAUP, CCC, NACS, SIIA, "Questions & Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community, 7th Edition"
  2. Copyright Clearance Center, "Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright and the Use of Copyrighted Material,"
  3. Crews, Kenneth D., Director, "Fair Use Checklist," Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries
  4. Office of the Provost, North Carolina State University, "Online Teaching FAQ," Linked with Permission Granted July 2010,
  5. San Diego Continuing Education, "Guidelines for Copying Published Materials," Ad Hoc Committee on Copyright Law Revision, September 2008, /SDCCD_Copyright_Guidelines.pdf