Copyright Information

The information posted on this site is meant to be used as a resource for adhering to copyright law and is not intended to be legal advice. If you are unsure of your rights under the copyright law please contact a College of Charleston Reference Librarian, the Legal Affairs Office or visit the U.S. Copyright Website.

TLT observes all U.S. and international copyright laws. Here are some links to copyright information that we hope you find helpful:
Media Policy

Audio: At this time, TLT does not have the ability to digitize LPs (long-playing microgroove record) or cassette tapes.

Images:  TLT does have the ability to digitize photos, slides and negatives.  Before digitizing, the faculty member must own the copyright to a slide of depicted work and not just own the physical slide.  Please note that even if a depicted work is in the public domain, a photographic reproduction of that work may carry additional layers of copyright protection claimed by photographers, publishers, or museums.

Video: At this time, TLT does not have the ability to digitize VHS tapes or DVDs. 

VHS tapes:  We know that many have VHS tapes that need to be converted to DVD for use in the classroom.  The chart below will help you determine whether you can digitize the tape.

4 step process



Contact James Williams or Jared Seay in the CofC library for assistance in securing copyright permission or to find an online alternative and for digitizing VHS tapes and DVDs.