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Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act 2008 HEOA is an effort between institutions of higher education and the entertainment industry to educate students about copyright and provide consequences of violating the act. This act requires educational institutions to address the issue of distribution of copyrighted materials on college networks. Institutions must provide for 3 areas of compliance: annual disclosure to students the policies and sanctions pertaining to illegal downloading ; a written and implemented plan, including use of technology-based deterrents ; and alternatives to illegal downloading.

HEOA Federal Textbook Disclosure

  • Ensure that students have timely access to affordable course materials.

  • Must have price, date, format availability, price unbundled, ISBN, title, author , publisher, date

  • To the maximum extent possible and institution must include on its Internet course schedules required and recommended textbooks and supplemental material


Student Work

Students are given rights under the U.S. Copyright law to incorporate portions of copyrighted works into projects for a course. You can keep works that use copyrighted materials as long as you need them, but you must be a student. You can use materials that contain copyrighted works for job applications and interviews.


Copying CDs

The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 states that you can copy a CD that you legally acquired for your personal use, but not for distribution.
If you purchased music in a format, 8-track, etc. you can copy for your personal use.





Don't share copies with classmates, etc. Your legally acquired copies cannot be copied or loaned. Classmates need to acquired their own copies.


Hocking College: Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)


Plagiarism vs Copyright Infringement

How to Cite

  • BibMe
    BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals' guidelines for citing references.
  • Citation Builder: NCSU Libraries
    The Citation Builder is based on the following citation manuals:

    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.
    MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.
  • easyBib
    EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.

  • How to Cite Sources In papers
    Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper is a good place to start when compiling citations. It presents examples of citations from journal articles, books, etc. in these formats: APA, Chicago Style, MLA and Turabian.

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