The Classroom Use Exemption together with the fair use provisions afford educators certain rights to reproduce, display, and perform copyrighted content in a non-profit, face-to-face, in-person, classroom setting. The following guide is designed to inform SMCCD faculty members on how they may use a particular work and how much of a work may be used in classroom teaching. It should be kept in mind, however, that the chart below provides only guidelines and no absolute rules. It is generally recommended to use content that is clearly in the public domain, within the scope of existing private or public copyright licenses, with the permission of the owner, or within the limited scope of fair use for educational purposes.
Although older illustrations may be in the public domain and don’t need permission to be used, sometimes they’re part of a copyright collection. Copyright ownership information is available at www.loc.gov or www.mpa.org.