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The College of St. Scholastica Library provides assistance and guidance with copyright questions for CSS faculty, staff, and students. Please email Julie Rustad with your questions or visit our website for more information.
Legal Advice Disclaimer
The information presented in this guide is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not offered as legal advice or counsel. Faculty, staff, students, and others associated with the college should consult an attorney for advice concerning their individual copyright situations and needs.
There are a number of steps that CSS recommends that faculty undertake when clearing copyright and seeking permission to use copyrighted works. It is advised that faculty follow these steps to clear copyright and get permission:
Copyright consideration should begin as soon as you begin building your course. There are a number of pedagogy questions you should consider as you are designing your course. These questions include the following:
- Why do I need this item?
- Will something else work?
- How will it help my students?
- How will it enhance my curriculum?
- Does the copyrighted work help me make my point?
- How much of the copyrighted work do I need to use to make my point?
- Will it help my students get my point?
Tools for Researching Copyright
Copyright Public Catalog
Created by the U. S. Copyright Office Search for works registered from 1978-present.
Copyright Renewal Database
Created by Stanford University - a searchable index of copyright renewal records for books published in the US between 1923-1963.
Tools for Clearing Copyright
Copyright Management Organizations
Music (Performance of Musical Works in Public)
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Broadcast Music Incorporated
Society of European Stage Authors and Composers
Music (Record and Distribute Music)
Music (Grand Rights for Operas, Plays, Ballets, etc.)