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Copyright Resources

Copyright at CCSF

Welcome to the CCSF Copyright Guide. The purpose of this guide is to support the CCSF community in using copyrighted materials legally and to provide support for those tackling tricky copyright issues. It provides specific guidance for faculty and students and offers an introduction to the topic of creative commons.

The topic of copyright can at first seem overwhelming and complex.  It is intertwined with many activities in an academic environment and it is important for students, faculty, and staff to understand the basics and to know where to turn at the college for information and support.  This guide is designed to help you make good decisions and to ensure that you have as much flexibility as possible using, creating, and sharing information with others.  

If you have questions after exploring this content, please don't hesitate to bring them to the library.  The faculty librarians at any CCSF library are happy to help you find answers and resources to support your copyright needs.  When in doubt, contact us!

Copyright Specialists:

  • Questions about print/electronic content:  Megan Kinney, faculty librarian (
  • Questions about media: Michele McKenzie, faculty librarian, (
  • Questions about creative commons: Maggie Frankel, faculty librarian, (

CCSF Copyright Policy

The CCSF Board of Trustees maintains the official College Copyright Policy.  

See also: CCSF Copyright Support

Find out more about institutional policies and why they are important at the Copyright Crash Course by University of Texas.

About this Guide

This guide borrows from other open source academic library resources. They are attributed throughout the guide. Special thanks is given to Portland Community College Copyright Resources.

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