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Copyright Resources: Get Help

Copyright Help at PCC

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The Portland Community College Copyright Committee is composed of representatives from multiple departments across the college. Its role is to assist faculty, staff and students with any issues concerning copyright. Send your questions to[opens in new window].  We'll be happy to meet one-on-one in your office or on the phone, as well.

Come to a meeting: 

The Copyright Committee meets once a term (or more often if necessary) and we welcome guests to our meetings.  Send us an email ( and we'll let you know when we're meeting.

Authorized Copyright Agent: 

Chris Chairsell, Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs


Workshops and other learning opportunities

Upcoming Copyright-related Learning Opportunities
Copyright for Higher Ed
These workshops will be led by Rachel Bridgewater, faculty librarian at Cascade and chair of the college's copyright committee.  These are informal sessions with plenty of room for questions and discussion.  There will be a focus on copyright in the classroom (both in person and online) but you can bring any kind of question or concern and play "stump the copyright librarian".
Dates for Copyright for Higher Ed
11/4 1-2pm Rock Creek TLC
11/20 12:30-1:30pm Sylvania TLC
2/4 2-3pm  Southeast TLC
2/11 10-11am Cascade TLC
Note that all of these Copyright for Higher Ed sessions will be followed by an "Intro to OER" session, to be led by either Jen Klaudinyi (SY faculty librarian and OER steering committee co-chair) or Rachel Bridgewater.
Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education Webinar viewing 
This is an opportunity to view a recording of a webinar that was held by ITC (Instructional Technology Council) on 10/27.   Following the webinar, Rachel Bridgewater will be available to answer questions and facilitate discussion.
Webinar info: 

Presenter: Dr. Fritz Dolak, Copyright and Intellectual Property Office Manager and U.S. Copyright Office's Copyright Agent, Ball State University

Fritz Dolak will provide a comprehensive overview of what educators need to know in order to comply with copyright laws and respect intellectual property in a distance education environment. He will provide the basics for applying a fair use test to determine whether an educator can legally use copyrighted materials in his or her online course.

Congress passed the TEACH Act in 2002 to amend the U.S. Copyright Act to allow educators at accredited higher education or recognized K-12 institutions to transmit portions of legally-acquired audiovisual works over distance learning networks, without having to first obtain permission from the work's copyright owner. The CONFU Multimedia Guidelines were crafted to give educators specific portion limitations so they can comfortably comply with fair use limitations and not fear retribution. Fritz will also review the list he created for the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education, "Do's and Don'ts for Transmitting Copyrighted Materials." 

11/5 2-3:30pm - Cascade TLC
11/6 12-1:30pm  - Sylvania TLC
11/19 2-3:30pm  - Southeast TLC

Copyright "Office Hours"

Want personalized help with a copyright question?  We offer both virtual and in-person "office hours" to help you with your copyright issues.  

In-Person Consultations

We are currently planning Copyright workshops in the TLCs.  We are also happy to schedule a face-to-face meeting upon request, just email  You can also call Rachel Bridgewater at 971-722-5323.

Online Consultations

You can always email  In addition, "virtual" office hours are available upon request.  We can sign in to chat at a designated time and chat with you about any copyright questions you have.

How to participate in "virtual" office hours:

  1. From the "chat" area of your PCC Gmail, search for "" and choose "Show in chat list".  NB: do not choose "", which is the Copyright Committee's Google Group email.
  2. Click on the PCC Copyright Committee, which will now appear in your list of contacts on your chat list.
  3. A chat box will now appear in the right hand side of your screen.  Type your message in the box to start a chat!