U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S. C.) protects "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression" for a limited period. It contains some specific exceptions for the use of copyright-protected materials by academic institutions including Section 107 on fair use and Section 110 on the use of materials in an educational setting.
It is important to know that “not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use.” Additionally, “When it comes to copyright, there is no difference between digital and paper-based environments” even if the content is used in a password-protected online environment such as a course management system like Canvas. You can avoid the possibility of copyright infringement if you access and use the online resources provided by your Mt. SAC Library. License agreements allow Mt. SAC students, faculty, and staff to access these resources for non-commercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes.
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