Policies : Copyright
Copyright restrictions and the TEACH Act
The UHWO Library nor its staff claim to be the copyright experts on campus, nor do we provide any interpretations of copyright law. We do pledge, however, to provide the best support possible in making accessible books, articles and other materials to your students while fulfilling our moral and legal obligations with respect to the use of copyrighted materials in the non-profit, educational arena.
The following resources listed below provide guidance to UH-West Oʻahu faculty regarding the use of copyrighted materials within the physical and virtual classroom:
University of Hawaii Copyright Guidelines
The University of Hawaii copyright guidelines (see PDF document entitled UH_copyright_guidelines), distributed in April 1992, and the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States code) serve as guides in the reproductions of copyrighted material.
On November 2, 2002, the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002 (TEACH Act) was signed into law. A summary of the act is available on the American Library Associations (ALA) website. The summary includes the duties of administrators, information technology personnel, faculty, and librarians in relation to copyright.
TEACH Act Checklist
Complete the UH-West Oʻahu TEACH Act Checklist to see if you may use copyrighted material in your distance education classes.
Seeking Copyright Permission
Go to the Copyright Clearance Center to seek permission to reproduce copyrighted content such as articles and book chapters for photocopies, library reserves and more.
Other Useful Links
University administrators, faculty, staff and librarians may find the following links useful:
- University of Hawaii at Manoa Library – Copyright Guidelines
- Cornell Public Domain Chart
- University of Texas at Austin – Copyright Crash Course