Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Policies & Copyright

As a service to Chadron State College faculty, the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) assists faculty with the digitization and distribution of various media (including audio and video).

TLC staff may copy and distribute:

  • materials that are in the public domain, and
  • materials that include an appropriate open license (such as a Creative Commons license).

TLC staff may only assist with the copying and distribution of copyrighted materials when faculty members have obtained the expressed permission of the copyright holder to use the materials.

Request technology assistance or assistance with media copying and distribution. We will be asking you for evidence of copyright permission.

Faculty members can request permission to use the materials from the copyright holder. A permission letter from the copyright holder should lay out the scope of the permitted use (how much of the material is being used and in what way it is being used) and the duration of the permitted use (how long the material will be used or its permitted timeframe). An example of a letter requesting permission to use a copyrighted work can be found on the Washington University in St. Louis website:

The TLC provides occasional workshops on copyright and fair use and regularly discusses copyright and fair use in its workshops on instructional media development and design. Visit the TLC workshop schedule to find out more about the TLC’s offerings and to enroll in a workshop.

Below are a few TLC-recommended websites with useful information:

University of Minnesota Libraries – The Classroom Exemption

United States Copyright Office – Fair Use

Stanford University Libraries – Copyright and Fair Use

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Publishers Win Reversal of Court Ruling That Favored ‘E-Reserves’ at Georgia State U.

Don’t forget: A growing number of instructional materials can be used without permission. Materials with Creative Commons licenses explicitly allow and encourage sharing, though sometimes with limitations on modifications or on commercial uses. Materials in the public domain can be used with no limitations.

To find out more about the Creative Commons licenses and public domain archives, visit:

The Creative Commons – About the Licenses

The Creative Commons - Search

Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office – Public Domain Resources

University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library - Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely