Copyright Information

Use of Learning Materials by All Users

Users of learning materials from the CCTE website, whether in print or not, beyond that specified in the Fair Use guidelines issued by the US Copyright Office, must have the explicit permission and/or licensing from the author of those materials.

There are many sources of information regarding Fair Use guidelines and the TEACH Act, which outlines how materials may be used for educational purposes. For example, see:  The TEACH Act Finally Becomes Law

CCTE has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor and edit or remove any activity or contribution that violates fair use or the TEACH Act. CCTE takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any contribution made by the user or a third party.

Materials reproduced for teaching and learning purposes are subject to the same restrictions as other permission requests – see information about Fair Use and the TEACH Act above.

Giving Credit and Copyright Notice

A statement such as the following must appear with all material attributed from CCTE publications or from the CCTE website: “Reproduced with permission from CCTE – the Community Center for Teaching Excellence ( All rights reserved.”


Permission does not extend to items within the site that are reprinted by permission of other publishers and copyright holders. You must obtain separate permissions for these items. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain these permissions; however, CCTE can provide contact information for these items upon request.

Scholarly and Academic Works

Authors of scholarly works and those conducting research associated with CCTE must follow CCTE’s Creative Commons Licensing Policies and the fair use principles for excerpts from the CCTE website and publications. Appropriate citations are required.  See the Acceptable Use Policy section of this website.

Personal Use
CCTE website materials may not be posted, published, transmitted, reproduced, distributed or in any way used to exploit CCTE for commercial purposes or use them in any manner inconsistent with this policy.

User Obligations

  • Abide by Applicable Laws.  In connection with the use of the CCTE website, you are required to abide by all applicable federal, state or local laws, including those pertaining to such areas as libel, slander, defamation, trade libel, product disparagement, harassment, invasion of privacy, tort, obscenity, indecency, and copyright or trademark infringement.
  • Online Communications.  You are cautioned that any online communications may not be fully confidential. You should also be aware that federal postal regulations do not protect electronic mail. Also be aware that as a part of their regular duties, CCTE personnel may access your personal profile, and/or communications for technical or operational purposes. CCTE may also disclose any information discovered through such access to the extent permitted or required by law.
  • Content of Information.  You are responsible for any information or materials you place on the CCTE site. CCTE reserves the right to review any material that is or becomes available on the site. CCTE reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any materials that are, in our judgment, unacceptable, undesirable or in violation of this policy.  However, CCTE has no obligation to exercise such reservation of rights. CCTE will, in appropriate circumstances, terminate the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. CCTE may terminate access for content providers or service participants who are found to repeatedly provide material without necessary rights or permissions.

If you believe that your work has been used or copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify CCTE in writing as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For CCTE to act on your notice, you must be authorized to enforce the copyrights that you allege have been infringed. When informing CCTE of an alleged infringement:

  • Identify the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed. If multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are involved, please provide a representative list of such works on the site.
  • Describe the material that is claimed to be infringing and provide sufficient information to permit CCTE to locate that material.
  • Include your contact information: your name, e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address.
  • Certify or include a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, the owner’s agent, or law.
  • Certify that the information that you have provided CCTE is accurate. Attest under penalty of perjury that you are authorized to enforce the copyrights that you allege have been infringed.
  • Include your physical or electronic signature.


This policy has been adapted and reproduced with permission from MERLOT – the Multimedia Resource for Learning Online and Teaching ( All rights reserved.