TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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Copyright Compliance


It is the policy of Texas State Technical College System and Colleges to be in compliance with all federal and state statutes regulating the use and development of copyrighted materials.  The Copyright Act of 1976 codified as 17 United States Code (U.S.C.) is the primary basis of copyright law in the United States.  TSTC has a System Operating Standard on Copyright Compliance which outlines the pertinent information about copyright regulations, definitions, the delegation of authority at TSTC, the operating requirements, and performance standards

TSTC employees should use the Copyright Clearance Center to obtain legal permission to use copyrighted materials. TSTC Waco is a member and thus users can obtain permission through the annual licensing service; all other TSTC college personnel will utilize the pay-per-use permission service available through the Copyright Clearance Center.

All employees will be given training on how to use the Copyright Clearance Center. If permission for legal use of materials is not part of the CCC coverage, suggestions are given on how to obtain legal use permission.

The website also contains information on copyright law and is a useful resource to all TSTC employees.

Copyright Authorities

Each TSTC System component has a designated “copyright authority” to serve as a resource and receive notifications of copyright infringement. The names and contact information for these individuals are as follows:

Copyright Authorities

TSTC Harlingen

Adam Hutchison
1902 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: 956.364.4600
Fax: 956.364.5141

TSTC Marshall

Bart Day
Vice President of Student Learning
2650 East End Boulevard, South, Marshall, Texas 75671
Phone: 903.923.3302
Fax: 903.935.5656


Ron Sanders
Vice President of Student Learning
3801 Campus Drive, Waco, Texas 76705
Phone: 254.867.2316
Fax: 254.867.3470

TSTC West Texas

Kyle Smith
Vice President of Student Learning
TSTC West Texas Abilene
650 East Highway 80, Abilene, TX 79601
Office: 325-235.7415
Fax: 325-235.7320

TSTC System

Eliska Smith
Associate Vice Chancellor
Strategic Communications
3801 Campus Drive, Waco, TX 76705
Office: (254) 867-3049
Fax: (254) 867.4888




US Copyright Office has an informative site with general information on US copyright law, legislation, announcements, and international treaties.

Public Domain

Find out when works pass into the public domain in the US as well as scholarly resources on this very interesting subject. Copyright protection was always meant to be for a limited time, after which materials would become available to the public for just about any use imaginable. Laura Gassaway has developed a detailed chart to indicate when works in the United States pass into the Public Domain, with annotations by the staff at Cornell University.

For a very interesting and thoughtful discussion of the Public Domain, go to this collection of papers from the Duke Law School Conference on the Public Domain as published in Law and Contemporary Problems.

For a graphic look at how many works might have gone into the Public Domain if certain laws weren't passed by Congress, click here.

In order to get a variety of opinion and topics relating to the Public Domain you can search the archives of the listserv for CNI-Copyright.

Numerous entities are interested in copyright law and intellectual property issues. Here are a few:

American Library Association (ALA)
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Business Software Alliance (BSA)
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Copyright Advisory Network
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Electronic Frontier Foundation Intellectual Property Resources
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC)
Music Library Association's Copyright Information Page
North Carolina State University Copyright Use tutorial
Software Publishers Association (SPA)
University Of Texas crash course in copyright
Visual Resources Association


What is Copyright?
Copyright is an area of law that provides creators and distributors of creative works with an incentive to share their works by granting them the right to be compensated when others use their works in certain ways. Specific rights are granted to creators of works in the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, US Code).

What materials are considered copyrighted?
Copyrighted materials include all original works of authorship, including logos, brands,  literary and dramatic works, musical scores, architecture, photographs, maps, choreographies, pantomimes, graphic art work, sculptures, audiovisual works, song lyrics, video, film, and electronic creations, such as computer programs and software.

Can you explain fair use in an educational institution?
A provision for fair use, often referred to as “educational fair use,” exists under  the Copyright Law.  Using copyrighted material under the fair use provision is restricted to the following purposes:   criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research, in a nonprofit setting.  Furthermore, a determination as to whether the reproduction is being used fairly must be made based upon the following factors:

  1. The purpose and character of the use (whether for commercial or non-profit educational use).
  2. The nature of the copyright-protected work.
  3. The amount of the information used in proportion to the entire work.
  4. The effect of the use of the material upon the potential market value of the copyright-protected work.

Fair use is an ambiguous concept, and the law does not exactly state what would be labeled fair use or not.

How does the TEACH Act affect educational institutions?
According to the The TEACH Act of 2002 (“Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act)

  • be accredited and non-profit;
  • have an institutional copyright policy;
  • publicize its copyright policy and provide informative resources;
  • utilize legally acquired copies;
  • utilize technological measures that reasonably prevent recipients from retaining copyrighted  works beyond the classroom session and prevent further distribution of them;
  • use the digital version if commercially available (you cannot change from analog version to digital);
  • provide notice to students that materials used in connection with the course may be subject to copyright protection, and  
  • provide access to copyrighted materials only to those  students currently enrolled in the course.

What are the penalties for infringement?
The penalties for infringement are very harsh: the court can award up to $100,000 for each separate act of willful infringement. Willful infringement means that one knew he was infringing and did it anyway. Ignorance of the law, though, is no excuse. If one doesn't know he is infringing, he still will be liable for damages - only the amount of the award will be affected. Then there are attorney’s fees.

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