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Copyright: Copyright Clearance Center CCC

This guide is intended to assist faculty and staff in understanding educational copyright and in using copyright resources.

Librarian Tips for Copyright Compliance

  1. When you select online library resources (ebooks, online periodicals, streaming video, databases) from GRCC's collections, copyright compliance is built in.  Librarians negotiate reuse within their online resources contracts.  If you follow the steps in the [Linking Library Resources] Subject Guide, you'll be all set... legally!

  2. If you use resources from non-licensed sources, then you must determine whether the use is "Fair Use", or, whether a copyright compliance fee must be paid to the owner of the intellectual content.    "Fair Use" usually just covers the educators first use of someone else's intellectual content, so that won't work for a resource you use semester after semester.  Use the [Copyright Clearance Center] to request permission under the GRCC Annual License to RightFind Academic.CCC RightFind logo

  3. If you are pointing to a resource on the public internet - a YouTube video, an article on a public website, etc. - you do not need to get prior permission to point to that item. You should, however, ensure that it is online legally before encouraging GRCC students to use it.

  4. If you are saving and uploading a copy of public internet resources to your Blackboard rather than pointing to them, you must get permission to do so - unless that item is prominently marked as being available through Creative Commons or a similar licensing organization.

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Copyright Clearance Center RightFind Academic

Search for permission to photocopy or share content electronically at Copyright Clearance Center [RightFind Academic]. Bookmark this page.

Logging on:

  • On-campus networked users may click the link above and be connected via your campus IP range.
  • Off-campus VMWare users may click the link above and be connected without having to set up a logon.
  • Off-campus users not using VMWare must create a (Register Your Account) logon using your GRCC email address and a password meeting CCC guidelines.  This does not use a GRCC network logon.
    CCC codes example


  • Type the ISBN / ISSN or the title of the book / journal into the search box; do NOT enter the specific article or chapter title. The most popular matches will occur first; use the limiters on the left side of the screen to find the title you need. For more specific results, use the [Advanced Search] feature.
  • See the compliance codes at right. If a title is covered with Special Terms, be sure to click the link and read the terms, which are different for each title.  An example of Digital Sharing terms is shown below.CCC title view with terms
  • Print the coverage information and include it on the last page of your scanned or printed document to show students that you have complied with US Copyright Law - OR - place all Copyright Compliance permissions in a separate Permissions folder you create in Blackboard.
  • If the Publication Title does not appear in the RightFind results, then it is NOT covered under the Annual License.


  • The classroom instructor is responsible for requesting permission and paying for copyright fees not covered by the Library's Annual License. Speak with your department chair before incurring any copyright charges that may not be reimbursed.
  • For assistance in citation verification, or help in determining the copyright owner, contact your liaison librarian.