Copyright policy development
Department or Administrative Unit
Center for Teaching and Learning
Every school district, college and university, public or private, should have a written and approved copyright policy. Without a policy, institutions leave themselves open to a wide variety of possible illegal uses of copyrighted materials, embarrassment, legal threats, and even expensive litigation. Institutions have policies which dictate procedures for budget development, curriculum development, student discipline, and even dress codes. The purpose of these policies is to ensure the governing board that appropriate procedures are followed to assure that federal and state laws are not violated as the institution works to fulfill its mission and program goals. The Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Sect. 101, et seq.) is another federal law that should be addressed by institutional policy.
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