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Copyright Compliance Statement

All Germanna Community College Library patrons are expected to abide by United States copyright laws (Title 17 of the United States Code - http://www.copyright.gov/title17/) in their use of print, audio-visual materials, and electronic software. Illegal copies of copyrighted materials and other violations of copyright law are not to be made or used on equipment owned by the college and library.

  • Copyright for Students

    What is copyright?

    Copyright exists to protect the creators of a work and provides these creators with the rights to control how their works are used. Copyright is meant to foster the progress of knowledge by providing authors and creators of works an economic incentive to create new works.

    Why is copyright important as a student?

    Understanding copyright is essential in avoiding plagiarism.

    What is plagiarism?

    Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s words, work, and/or ideas as your own. Using someone else’s words or ideas in a paper without citing where you got these words or ideas is plagiarism.

    How do I avoid plagiarism?

    Plagiarism can be avoided by citing the sources you use. Be sure to site each source within the work each time you use the source, as well as in your works cited or bibliography at the end of your work.

    What is citing?

    Citing a source is simply attributing someone else’s words or ideas to that person.

    Why should I cite a source?

    Failing to cite a source is not only plagiarism, but it is also stealing. Plagiarism is not something to be taken lightly. It could have severe consequences and could result in Germanna Community College taking disciplinary action which may include suspension or dismissal from the college Germanna Community College Student Handbook

    When do I have to cite a source?

    As a general rule of thumb: Cite every source, every time! Whether you are using a direct quote from a source, or simply summarizing or paraphrasing a source, you should use care to cite the source every time it is used.

    How should I cite a source?

    There are many different formats that may be used for citing sources. The type of citation you use will likely determined by your professor or instructor. The two most common citation styles you will be required to use at Germanna Community College are MLA and APA style. Check out our Writing and Style Guides links to learn more about these citation styles. The library also has print versions of these style guides available in the library.

  • Copyright for Faculty

    Copyright on Campus Video:

    Using copyrighted materials in your courses:

    In order to use copyrighted materials in your courses, the materials must qualify for use under the Fair Use section of copyright law. In general, in order to ensure that copyright laws are being followed, it is recommended that materials you would like to make available to your classes are placed on course reserve within the library.

  • General Copyright Information

    Copyright Basics Video:

    What is copyright?

    Copyright exists to protect the creators of a work and provides these creators with the rights to control how their works are used. Copyright is meant to foster the progress of knowledge by providing authors and creators of works an economic incentive to create new works.

    Copyrightable Works include:

    • Literary works
    • Musical scores & lyrics
    • Plays & accompanying music
    • Pantomimes
    • Choreography
    • Photographs
    • Graphic & sculptural works
    • Motion pictures
    • Audiovisual works
    • Sounds recordings
    • Architectural works
    • Software

    Works not protected by copyright:

    • Ideas, principles, methods of operation
    • Basic facts
    • Titles, names, short phrases, or slogans (eligible to trademark registration)
    • Works in the public domain

    Copyright provides the copyright holder with exclusive rights to the following:

    • Reproduce the work
    • Distribute the work
    • Publicly perform the work
    • Publicly display the work
    • Make derivative works (create new works based on the original work)