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Policy: XV.F.1

Issued: March 16, 1987

Owner: University Comptroller

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All copyright policies (XV.F.1-9) are considered by the University to be out-of-date and under revision. New policies on Copyright Compliance will be issued by the University Library in early 2009. For general guidance in the interim, consult the following resources: US Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/ and http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf The Association of Research Libraries: http://www.knowyourcopyrights.org/

1.0 Purpose

This policy describes the introduction to a group of policies on copying copyrighted material.

2.0 Policy [Top]

These policy statements (XV.F.1 - XV.F.9) on reproducing or videotaping copyrighted material have been adopted in view of the Copyright Law (Title 17 of the U. S. Code) and guidelines interpreting that law.

In addition to these policy statements, several other measures have been taken to comply with copyright laws.

The University has provided notices to departments of possible copyright infringements. The notices must be placed on all copying machines, microfilm readers/printers, and computer terminals accessing copyrighted materials.

The Chief Contracting Officer has assumed responsibility for advising departments of the copyright restrictions when new copying machines are received.

Copies of the applicable sections of Title 17 of the U. S. Code and Congressional committee guidelines are on reserve in University libraries around the Grounds to provide detail for all interested parties.

Heads of departments owning or renting copiers independently of Printing Services are responsible for posting copyright notices on or near all copying machines. Reasonable measures also should be taken by such department heads to either monitor the use of OR restrict access to copying machines. Copyright infringement occurring on departmental copiers could result in the department heads and/or the University being held liable. The copyright law does not, however, impose liability for copyright infringement upon a library or archives or its employees for the unsupervised use of copiers located on its premises provided a warning notice is posted.

To prevent infringements, it is University policy to purchase copyrighted works rather than photocopy them. It is also policy to encourage faculty members to exercise good judgment in serving the student's best interest efficiently. All University employees are asked to comply with these copying guidelines. All copyright users are also instructed to obtain permission to reproduce the copyrighted material when legally necessary.

NOTE: Individuals seeking advice on copyright infringements should initially seek counsel from a private attorney.

3.0 Definitions [Top]

4.0 References [Top]

Policy XV.E.1, "Copyright Policy"
Policy XV.E.2, "Patent Policy"
Policy XV.F.2, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Reproducing"
Policy XV.F.3, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Special Circumstances"
Policy XV.F.4, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Videotaping"
Policy XV.F.5, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Copying Works of Music"
Policy XV.F.6, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: For Academic Purposes"
Policy XV.F.7, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Obtaining Permission"
Policy XV.F.8, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Infringement"
Policy XV.F.9, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Licensed Computer Software"

5.0 Approvals and Revisions [Top]

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