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Do you want to make multiple photocopies of a copyrighted work at the TC Duplicating Center?

You must first secure permission from the copyright holder. Copyright Services can help you.

Copyright Services supports faculty, staff, and students in complying with Teachers College's policy to adhere to U.S. and international copyright laws and conventions. The Copyright Services staff contact the copyright holder, secure permission to make photocopies, and manage the payment of royalty fees, if required.

Definition of "Copyright":

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to . . . reproduce the work in copies . . . (U.S. Copyright Office,, emphasis added)

Teachers College's policy regarding copyright law grew out of the institution's promotion of intellectual expression and its respect for intellectual property rights. The policy also serves to protect faculty, staff, and students from civil and criminal court judgments including sizable fines ($500,000 or more). Summaries of key court cases on copyright law and its "fair use" provisions are available from The Copyright Management Center of Indiana University & Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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