REPRODUCTION OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
The reproduction and use of copyrighted materials, including computer software, electronic materials, video tapes, compact discs, laser discs and other non-print materials are controlled by federal law. In general, copyright owners have the exclusive right to use, reproduce, and modify their materials. Federal law does provide limited exceptions to this general rule which permit the reproduction and use of copyrighted materials in some circumstances. The superintendent is responsible for promoting an understanding of the applicable law among staff members and students.
The division encourages its staff and students to enrich the educational experience by making proper use of supplementary materials. However, each staff member and student is responsible for complying with copyright law and with any regulation or procedure developed by the Superintendent. Any employee or student who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted materials complies with the division procedures or is permissible under law should contact the Library Media Specialist who will provide clarification and assist staff members and students in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected material when such authorization is required.
At no time will it be necessary for a staff member to violate copyright laws in order to properly perform his or her duties. At no time will it be necessary for a student to violate copyright laws in order to complete any assigned work. For staff members, violation of copyright laws or division requirements may result in discipline up to and including termination of employment. For students, violation of copyright laws or division requirements may result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion.
Adopted: 03/22/04; 06/26/08
Legal Refs: The Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C sections 101 et seq.; 18 U.S.C. section 2319; Guidelines for Classroom Copying; Guidelines for the Educational Use of Music.
Cross Ref: JFC-R Standards of Student Conduct
GAB/IIBEA Acceptable Computer System Use
GCPD Professional Staff Members: Contract Status and Discipline
GDPD Support Staff Members: Contract Status and Discipline
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