Copyright Policy

Policy Number
Board of Trustees
Date Approved
Effective Date
Responsible Division
Finance and Administrative Services
Title 17, U.S. Code

Federal copyright law protects authors from unauthorized use of their creations.  Items covered under the copyright law include but are not limited to computer software, movies, graphics, music, and text including books and web articles.  Adherence to copyright guidelines is expected of all faculty, staff and students.  Those who do not comply with copyright requirements are subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.  In order to assist employees in complying with the copyright law, the College maintains guidelines and procedures on the copyright law and its application.

Definition of Terms:

Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.