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Copyright Policy

Last updated on Dec 04, 2018

CCA does not allow staff or faculty to duplicate copyrighted audiotape or videotape on college-owned equipment. Students are made aware of the copyright protections and are responsible for their own behavior in this regard. College staff and faculty may not aid students in using college equipment in any manner that violates copyrights.

Use of Internet and e-Resources

Each California College of the Arts library has contracts with vendors who provide Internet-based resources, including digital images and full-text articles. These resources have been purchased for educational use only; that is, private study, scholarship, or research, and are made available to bona fide library users at no charge (subject to the conditions of the licensing contracts between the college and the vendors).

What You May Do

Generally, students may use unaltered text and images from licensed or copyrighted library electronic resources for:

  • classroom activities and assignments
  • free displays and performances within the school
  • free presentations or performances at educational seminars, conferences, or workshops
  • student or faculty portfolios not intended for public display or for sale
  • copies of your thesis intended for personal use or library deposit

What You May Not Do

Generally, students may not lift text or images from licensed or copyrighted library electronic resources for:

  • republishing in any format (including websites)
  • redistribution beyond the college by any means
  • commercial or business-related purposes
  • fundraising, promotions, marketing, or public relations

For the above-listed purposes, students must obtain the express permission of the copyright owner and/or licensing agency. (The student is responsible for securing all necessary permissions.)

Adaptations of Images

If you pull images from copyright-protected resources and then alter or modify them, or incorporate them into another work—the adaptations are still subject to these guidelines.


You may not retain text or images downloaded from library electronic resources beyond the life of our contract with the vendor, or beyond your affiliation with the college.

Library Responsibilities

To uphold our contracts with resource providers, we will report willing and knowing violations of these guidelines to the publisher and/or copyright owner.

CCA reserves the right to deny access to internet-based and electronic resources and to revoke the library privileges of any user who intentionally violates our licensing agreements or U.S. copyright law.

Nonacademic Film & Video Policy

Film use (digital or videocassette) for nonacademic purposes is restricted to those films rented through the appropriate distributor holding the necessary rights for public performance. Screening any other films or videotapes (e.g., privately owned or rented) for public viewing at the college for nonacademic purposes is a violation of college policy, even when such a screening is free, unless prior permission has been obtained from the Student Affairs Office.

Prohibited screenings include such activities as playing a film or video in a residence hall lounge area when the screening has not been assigned by a faculty member and is not directly related to a specific course.

Students who wish to use college facilities to screen films or videotapes for nonacademic purposes must obtain an approval form from the distribution company and submit the original copy of this form to the Student Affairs office no later than one week prior to the proposed screening.

Students should note that most distribution companies attach a fee for such an approval. No screening may be advertised or promoted before the approval has been confirmed by the Student Affairs Office.