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Copyright (AP-007)



Note: This policy has been rescinded by AP 3710 Securing of Copyright and AP 3750 Use of Copyrighted Material. Please see these separate documents for updated information.

Procedure: COPYRIGHT (AP-007)
: Library Services, Ext. 7152

The College will comply with laws relating to copyrighted material. Use of college-owned equipment to circumvent the law is contrary to College procedure and use is solely the responsibility of the individual who violates the law. The RCC librarians are available to help with copyright issues. They can assist in obtaining copyright permissions and in locating materials in databases that may be used without the need to get copyright permission.

Classroom and Reserve Room Copyright Guidelines Photocopies and Copies of Electronic Documents: Photocopies of articles or chapters of books may be placed on reserve or distributed in class without requiring permission from the copyright owner if Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines are followed. The items may originate from hard copy or electronic sources.

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines (attached guidelines are specifically for instructors)

  1. Distribution of same photocopied material does not occur every term.
  2. Amount of material should be reasonable in relation to total amount of material assigned for course.
  3. Number of copies for classroom use should never exceed number of students enrolled in class.
    For Reserve Room use the number should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled in the course (approximately one copy for every 10-15 students).
  4. Effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to market for the work.
  5. Complete bibliographic citation of the article must appear on first page of photocopy.
  6. Copyright notice is included on the first page of the photocopy.

General Fair Use Guidelines

Copyrighted works may be duplicated for purposes of news reporting, criticism, scholarship or research but must consider the following factors:

  • Purpose and character of the use (i.e. commercial vs. nonprofit).
  • Nature of the copyrighted work (i.e. fiction vs. nonfiction vs. image vs. sound).
  • Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole.
  • Effect of the use on the market or value of the work.

Please contact one of the RCC librarians for further questions about copyright issues.

Additional resources concerning copyright, Fair Use, and Intellectual Property Rights is available at:


Date Adopted: 04/12/16

Date Revised: