4: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation Services | Department of Student Health

Address Changes | Alcohol and Drug Policy | Amplified Music | Bicycle Policy | Computer Usage Policy
Confidentiality of Student Records | Copyright Law | Discrimination Complaint Procedures
Dogs Running at Large | Firearms | Fund-Raising Projects by Student Organizations on University Grounds
Grievance Procedure | Hazing | Misuse of Student IDs at Athletic Events | Residence Hall Visitation
Security Policy | Sexual Assault | Sexual Harassment Policy | Solicitors and Sales Representatives
Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities | Use of University Equipment
Use of University Facilities | University Services and Activities

Copyright Law

Intellectual Property   The University has a Copyright Policy and a Patents Policy that govern rights of ownership in intellectual property created by persons associated with the University.

Before participating in activities which might result in the creation of copyrightable or patentable works and which utilize University resources or funding, consult these policies on-line at www.virginia.edu/~research or request a paper copy from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service (924-3606). This office can answer your questions and explain the implications of the policy in your particular circumstances.

Videotapes   The federal Copyright Act of 1976 grants the copyright owner the exclusive right to perform motion pictures in any “place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered.” (United States Code, Title 17, Section 101). The legislative history of the Act clearly states that performances in “semipublic” places such as clubs and schools are considered “public performances” subject to copyright control whether or not admission is charged. Dormitories, fraternities and sororities may also be “semipublic” places subject to copyright control.

Violations of copyright law may result in civil and criminal penalties, including imprisonment.

Ownership of a prerecorded video cassette or video disc does not constitute ownership of a copyright (17 U.S.C. § 202).

Further information regarding the showing of videotapes can be obtained by contacting the Reservations Office on the fourth floor of Newcomb Hall; (804) 924-3203.


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