Decision Tree Guide to Copyright Resources

Which rules apply in which situation?  This can be tricky.  In an attempt to help you navigate these waters, this page is dedicated to getting you to the right tool.  Are you a visual learner?  This guide is also available as a graphic decision tree (PDF, 140 KB).

I may use the work in the manner I intend to (make copies/reproduce, publicly disseminate, publicly display or perform, or make a derivative work) BECAUSE:

Permission

  • I received permission from the copyright holder and I am using the work pursuant to the permission granted
    OR

  • The college has a license (through the library or one of its music licenses) to use the work; and I  am using the  work pursuant to the permission granted

Public Domain Exeption

I do not need permission because the work is in the public domain;  AND, I am using public domain work from a source that does not restrict my use such as a library book, or an online source that allows me to use the work freely

Fair Use Exception

I do not need permission because I am using the work under the fair use exception

Teach Act Face-to-Face Classroom Exception

I do not need permission because the use falls under the TEACH Act face-to-face exception

Teach Act Distance Education Exception

I do not need permission because this is an online class and the use falls under the TEACH Act distance education exception

  • I passed the Madison College TEACH Act Distance Learning Checklist test