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Copyright: Copyright

MATC Copyright Policy and Guidelines

MATC expects all faculty and staff to comply with the US Copyright Laws, Title 17 of the United States Code, which governs the use of copyrighted works.

In an effort to assist employees with an understanding of the somewhat complex laws of copyright, MATC has put together some copyright resources to help facilitate insight and knowledge of copyright in academia.


You will find useful copyright resources in this guide.

Copyright Compliant

Is your course material copyright compliant???


Do your course assignments and presentations include works protected by copyright?


Examples of copyright material include --


If you are not sure, you may want to do the following:

*   Check to see if the work is in public domain

*   Determine if the work fall under the fair use guidelines

*   Seek permission

Copyright Basics

A powerpoint presentation discussing the basics of copyright law and education.

Copyright Definition

Cop·y·right - n. Abbr. c.

A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright.


~U.S. Copyright Office