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Copyright for Online or Virtual Classroom


If you are unsure whether you are able to use a particular image for educational use because it is not in one of DML's collections, it doesn't have a Creative Commons license, and it doesn't fall under Fair Use, you can always use the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). This will provide you with a single use license potentially requiring a fee. Any fees associated with CCC requests are the responsibility of the faculty member or their department. DML is not able to subsidize any CCC fees. 

Please see the directions below for use of this service.

Directions on how to use the Copyright Clearance Center

There are two ways to get to the "RightsLink" page on the CCC website. One way to begin is to go to the CCC's "Get Permissions" page.   This will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center where you can search for the needed text. Once you search the text, you will be taken to the "RightsLink" landing page. 


On the landing page for the Copyright Clearance Center "RightsLink", select "Reuse in course pack/classroom materials". Selecting the purpose will redirect to a new page within RightsLink.

Landing page for Blueprints of Family Medicine in the Copyright Clearance Center. Select you want to use for Course pack or classroom materials


The new page from RightsLink allows for the selection of whether a sponsorship is being received, the format, as well as whether it would be posted online. 

Next set of questions from RightsLink select format, whether it's posted online, portion, and number of images.

The second column for RightsLink allows for a second set of questions that ask whether the text will be adapted, whether it will be translated, if any changes will be made, and the number of copies.

Select Quick Price for a quick price

When complete, select Quick Price to view whether the CCC can provide a Quick Price.

Quick Price will show whether the Copyright Clearance Center can provide a quick price or not.


The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information for resolving copyright questions. This research guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.