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Copyright Resources: Copyright

Copyright Policy

As a matter of integrity and legal responsibility, all students, staff and faculty of Otero College are expected to honor copyright laws governing copying, transmission, distribution, and performance of copyrighted materials as put forth in the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17) and the International Copy Relations of the United States Circular 38A.

Any student, staff or faculty member of Otero College who willfully disregard copyright laws and this copyright policy do so at their own risk and assume all legal liability.

For more information contact the Library Services Coordinator, Sherry Johnson (

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and so much more!