Copyright--Get It Right!

Volume 5, No. 19

Consider this:

  • A professor needs to post a series of articles on Blackboard for her students to read for an upcoming class session.   
  • A staff member needs to distribute copies of a journal article for a meeting. 

Are these people violating copyright? How would they know?

Good news! CLU holds an Annual Copyright Academic License from the Copyright Clearance Center that allows CLU members to discover if articles from a particular journal can be distributed (either in print or digitally) to the CLU community.

Here's how to check if the journal is covered under the license:

  1. Visit the Copyright Clearance Center.
  2. Select the Get Permission link on the blue bar located on the webpage banner;  enter the publication title and click the Search or Go button.
  3. Once the journal title appears, click on the Permission Options button to the right of the title.
  4. Click the Annual License Options tab.
  5. Note the Permission type and corresponding Coverage information:
    a. a green check mark with the “Covered by CCC Annual License – Academic” label means it is permissible to use and distribute the article to the CLU community;
    b. a red “no” symbol with the label “Not covered” means the journal is not covered under the license, but there are other options in order to use the article.
    Additional questions? Visit the Copyright & CLU” page; an additional option is to contact the Pearson Library via email or call (805) 493-3255.

 *This Issue’s Techno Term

  • Term:  OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
  • Definition:  a company that produces hardware to be marketed under another company's brand name
  • Example in a sentence:  Jack’s new computer has a Dell label; however, the OEM is Sony.

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