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Library Support for Instruction & Learning: Copyright and Fair Use

A guide to support online teaching and learning.

Copyright and Fair Use

It is important to note that the U.S. copyright law Fair Use provision allowing for the limited copying and distribution of copyrighted materials remains in effect during the COVID-19 global crisis. Faculty and staff engaging in emergency distance teaching and learning are encouraged to explore the options provided by the Fair Use provision, but remain prudent in their use of copyrighted materials in their online classes. 

Faculty are advised to limit the availability and sharing of the in-copyright materials provided to them by the Ina Dillard Russell Library for the purpose of teaching only those students who are currently enrolled in the faculty member’s course. This purpose excludes the sharing of those materials provided by the Ina Dillard Russell Library with any others not currently enrolled in the course.   

The Ina Dillard Russell Library is committed to maintaining the materials our faculty and students need to ensure that the core missions of Georgia College, education and research, remain continuous throughout this global crisis. 

For individual guidance on copyright and fair use, please contact Jennifer Townes ( 

To assist you with placing copyrighted items online, please visit the following guides and resources: