Campus at Thomas More College

Specific Laws

Print Material

  • Single chapter, or a single article from a periodical may be copied, as can a chart or a graph.
  • Consumable resources (workbooks, worksheets, etc) may not be copied.
  • Only one copy per original
  • Giving credit to the author does not protect the individual from copyright infringement.

AV Material

  • A television broadcast must be shown within the first 10 school days of the original broadcast and erased within 45 days (note: PBS limits use to 7 days after original broadcast).
  • A video labeled "for home use only" may be shown if the use is face-to face instruction. The video must be for educational purposes and not for entertainment.
  • Videos are only allowed to be shown a maximum of two times-the second for reinforcement only.
  • Archival copies may be made if the distributor allows. Some do not allow copies-check to make sure.
  • All copies must include the copyright information.


  • All material posted on the internet is copyrighted., even if no notification is posted on the site.
  • Large portions of images or documents, etc. are not to be taken without prior consent. The same goes for capturing the entire web site—this would be taking 100% of the source and would not be allowed under Fair Use guidelines.
  • The author of an email owns the content of the message. You may not make copies or forward without the permission of the sender.


  • A backup copy of a program is allowed, but if ownership of the program is transferred or sold, the backup is to be destroyed.
  • A network and site license is required if the program is used on more than one machine.
  • Two forms of software may be freely copied without a license or agreement: "public domain" and "shareware".

Multimedia Projects

  • Educational multimedia projects incorporating copyrighted works may be used up to 2 years after the first instructional use in a class. Additional use requires permission for each copyrighted portion.