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Copyright Clearance Services

The Complete Copyright Liability Handbook for Librarians and Educators book jacket

Learn about fair use, public domain, the use of various media formats (e.g. videos, DVDs, CDs) and much more.

Copyright clearance services at the Sylvania library provides assistance with copyright and fair use issues for faculty and staff. Have a question about copyright? Send an email to

Copyright Permissions

College funds for copyright permissions requiring payment are currently not available; however, permissions can often be obtained without charge. The Library will try to obtain copyright permissions for course reserves, bulletin boards, coursepacks, Desire2Learn spaces and anything that needs copyright clearance. You will be notified if permissions have been granted, need to be purchased, or if another source can be recommended such as linking to an article in a library subscription database. When in doubt, ask us.


The Library will try to provide copyright clearance for course reserves when needed. Find out more about course reserves.

Use the Fair Use Checklist to help determine if permission is needed.