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Copyright & Intellectual Property Policies

 
What is Copyright? “Copyright” grants exclusive use of a work for a limited time under Title 17 of the United States Code to an owner or author of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and some other intellectual works. Copyright protection is automatic once an original work is in some fixed or tangible medium: written (including computer programs), filmed, recorded, sculptured, etc. It is not necessary for the work to be registered or marked as copyrighted to be protect.

 

What is Fair Use? Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law creates a limitation on copyright protection called “Fair Use. ” It protects socially beneficial borrowings of copyrighted works. It is not permission to use all copyrighted works at will for “education. ” News media, educators, nonprofit organizations and researchers may use materials that are copyrighted without permission, within legal guidelines that consider the following four factors together:

1. PURPOSE not-for-profit.
2. NATURE of the work
3. PORTION
4. MARKET IMPACT

DISTANCE EDUCATION

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TECHNOLOGY
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The TEACH ACT updates U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17), allowing limited educational use in distance education, of audiovisual resources. For Butler online courses consult Haylee Dass, (316)218-6202,

FYI: THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT OF 1998:

• Prohibits circumvention of copyright protection devices on the web and prohibits piracy of all web resources, with stiff penalties for infringement.
• Limits copyright infringement liability for Internet service. Service providers, however, is expected to remove material that appears to constitute copyright infringement.

Therefore, it is advisable for anyone considering using materials on the web for their own web projects to consult with Judy Bastin, (316)218-6371, jbastin@butlercc.edu.