Copyright Compliance Statement

Portland Community College supports compliance with copyright law for the protection of the institution and of employees as both creators and users of copyright protected works.

The College requires PCC faculty, staff and students to observe federal law regarding the use of copyright protected materials. See: Copyright Law of the United States of America.

PCC retains limited liability for copyright infringement found on its domain. PCC will remove or disable materials on its domain that are identified as violating copyright by the copyright owner or his/her agent. The College will make reasonable efforts to notify the faculty, staff and or student responsible.

To promote "the progress of science and the useful arts," the college supports fair use for educational purposes as outlined in the federal Copyright Law (PL94-553) for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research and reproduction of copyrighted materials (including multiple copies for classroom or library use). Rev. 08-19-2010, Adopted by the PCC Copyright Committee May, 2010

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at