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Copyright & Fair Use: Annual Copyright License

A guideline to assist the ACPHS community in using copyrighted materials responsibly and fairly. It provides education and access to appropriate decision-making tools.

Annual Copyright License Overview

Library Services now holds an Annual Copyright License from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). This license enables the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content, in both print and digital form, across campus with the confidence that sharing is being done in compliance with copyright laws and ACPHS guidelines.

This license provides faculty, librarians and research and administrative staff with comprehensive, institution-wide coverage for the reuse of text-based copyrighted content in both print and electronic formats for educational and research purposes.

License Coverage

Some common uses covered by the license include:

  • Electronic course content in Canvas
  • Classroom handouts
  • Email among ACPHS faculty, staff and students
  • Library reserves  
  • Course packs (print and electronic)
  • Research collaboration among ACPHS student, faculty and staff as well as collaboration with outsiders working on a research projected sponsored or recognized by ACPHS
  • Administrative communications


License Exclusions

  • Non-educational uses (e.g. promotional and advertising).
  • Interlibrary loan and external document delivery transactions.
  • Reproduction of the entire work unless specifically noted by the rights holder.
  • Creation of a database or a repository of works if it replaces the need for a subscription or is available for multiple people's use outside the context of a class.

How to verify coverage under the Annual Copyright License

  1. Go to RightFind® Academic at
  2. Search for a publication: You can search for publications in several different ways:
    • Enter the Publication Title or Standard Number (ISBN/ISSN) of the publication you wish to use.
    • Search for key words to surface results related to your topic of choice.
    • Use the advanced search functionality to peruse titles by author, publisher, and more.
  3. Verify coverage:  In the search results, the most frequently requested publications are displayed first. Annual Copyright License coverage is shown to the right of the search results.

Covered by CCC Annual License The type of use selected is covered under your Annual Copyright License.

Covered by CCC Annual License (with Special Terms) The type of use selected includes special terms from the copyright holder. To view the special terms associated with the publication, simply click the "TERMS" link.

Not Covered The type of use selected is not covered under your Annual Copyright License. Tip: In some cases, if the title for which you're searching is not covered under the license, you might still be able to purchase permissions through To do this, click the "view more uses" link on the right side of the search results page. If you see a "Price and Order" button on the right side of this page, simply click this button to view your permissions options on Note: this option will not always be available.


Copyright at ACPHS

Library Services staff and the College cannot give legal advice regarding copyright law. It is up to each individual in each instance of use to determine whether intended use of materials adheres to the Copyright Law of the United States.