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Welcome to Daytona State College Library's Center for Copyright & Educational Fair Use. This resource is designed to provide educators information on copyright and related topics that is concise, well-organized, and easy to navigate.

The information provided here does not purport to supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

"It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.”
—Will Rogers 


Copyright law governs who may use original works of authorship and how such works may be used. Copyright law is rooted in the United States Constitution’s Copyright Clause (Article I, section 8, clause 8) which describes the power of Congress 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." The Copyright Law of the United States is contained in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Given that the advancement of knowledge is inherent to copyright, there are specific limitations to the rights of copyright holders. At the same time, anyone wishing to use someone else's intellectual work (for example, in a paper or other publication; as a classroom handout; or even as material on a website), must respect the rights of copyright holders. The mix of rights and limitations creates a subjective and uneasy balance in copyright. The purpose of this guide is to provide information that will help educator and student alike find the correct balance.

Daytona State College Core Values & the Ethical Use of Information

Daytona State College Core Values encourage and support the ethical use of information. 


The College community encompasses our students, faculty, staff and the public we serve. Our community is built upon mutual respect, effective and open communication, and civic responsibility.


Daytona State College strives for the highest ethical standards in all areas of operation, including the fair and consistent treatment of all members of the College community. The college fully supports academic freedom and the right of intellectual pursuit.


To achieve academic excellence, professionalism, and quality in all the programs and services we offer, Daytona State College employs a system of continuous improvement based on assessment, accountability and engagement with the entire community.


Diversity of people, thought and expression provides energy and vitality for the learning process. Daytona State College celebrates both the originality and distinction of individuals and cultures, while at the same time valuing the common bonds that unite us as a global community.


Innovation and creativity are the keys to our growth as an institution, as well as the growth and success of our students. Daytona State College prides itself on its ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world, finding positive and creative solutions to the challenges it faces.

Student Success

There is no value more important than the success of our students. Our main goal is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and drive to succeed in the classroom, the workplace and in life. Beyond this success, we hope to instill in our students a lifelong love of learning.

Copyright on Campus (Video)

This video from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a quick, fun and insightful look at copyright in academia.

  • General introduction to copyright law and what it does and does not cover
  • Review of fair use and associated guidelines to determine whether or not permission is needed
  • Discussion of digital sharing of content and how copyright applies to it
  • Insight into why copyright should matter to all faculty and staff campus-wide