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Copyright Resources


Welcome to the PCC Copyright guide. This guide is intended to provide information and guidance to help you determine if the uses you'd like to make of copyrighted materials are allowed by law and to direct you to support at the College. 

Nothing on this guide should be construed as legal advice.

  • Basics - describes the rights of copyright, duration, what is covered by copyright
  • Fair Use - Fair use is one of the most important parts of the copyright law for education.  This page will help you understand how to do a fair use analysis and links to some checklists and tools to help.
  • Teaching with Copyrighted Materials - This page provides you with some general guidelines you can follow for both in-person and online classes for all different types of copyrighted materials.
  • TEACH Act - The TEACH Act attempts to bring some of the freedoms allowed in face-to-face classrooms to the online classroom.  Unfortunately, it also comes with a lot of limitations and conditions.  
  • Creative Commons and the Public Domain - Information about materials available for use without permission or relying on one of the legal exemptions.
  • Students - Guidance on topics that come up for students
  • Permissions - It isn't always possible to find a legal way to use material in your classes without permission.  This page gives links to model permissions letters and other information that will be useful when getting permissions (or considering it!).
  • More resources - links to tools, websites, and books for further reading
  • Get Help 

Copyright at PCC

Copyright Committee 

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  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 twice a term and we welcome guests to our meetings. Send us an email ( and we'll let you know when we're meeting.

Designated Copyright Agent

Portland Community College has designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement on the domain. If you believe your copyrighted work is being infringed on a PCC website, please notify:

Michelle Bagley 
Library Dean
Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219

This Guide

This guide is maintained by Rachel Bridgewater, faculty librarian at the Cascade campus and Chair of the Copyright Committee.  If you have questions or concerns about this guide, don't hesitate to contact me:

Rachel Bridgewater,, 971-722-5323

PCC Copyright Statement

Portland Community College (PCC) is committed to compliance with copyright law and the preservation of the rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted materials. The College requires PCC faculty, staff and students to observe federal law regarding the use of copyrighted material. For more information, see the Copyright Law of the United States of America and PCC Policy on Student Conduct [pdf].

PCC will remove or disable materials on its domain that are identified as violating copyright by the copyright owner or his/her agent. The College will make reasonable efforts to notify the faculty, staff and or student responsible.

The College seeks to ensure that the members of the College community know their rights and responsibilities under the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. Section 107), and are able to apply them regarding their use of copyrighted works.

Portions of this statement were adapted from the University of Minnesota’s “which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License Rev. 02-17-2017, Adopted by the PCC Copyright Committee May, 2010.