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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.

DSC Copyright Documentation

Falcon Online has created a wonderful collection of documentation describing copyright information for Faculty who are looking to use and create content to put on LMS.

Daytona State College Core Values & the Ethical Use of Information

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

We expect the best from everyone and hold ourselves to the highest ideals of personal, professional and organizational performance.


We embrace the experiential process by which knowledge, insight, understanding and ultimately wisdom are created for ourselves and those we serve.


We recognize and uphold the dignity and self-worth of every human being, and promote honest and forthright interpersonal communication and behaviors.

Copyright on Campus (Video)

This new 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