It is the intent of Randolph College that all members of the College community adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sect. 101, et seq.). The following policy statements and guidelines constitute a manual for anyone at the College who wishes to reproduce, alter, or perform works that are protected by copyright. Full text of the law and its legislative history, plus subsequent analysis and commentary, are available in the Lipscomb Library. Reference staff there can advise on issues that are not specifically addressed in this manual.
Members of the College community who willfully disregard the copyright policy do so at their own risk and assume all liability. Alleged copyright violations will be reported to a registered agent of the college for investigation (in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Upon notification of an alleged violation, the material, if on a web site or computer accessible server drive, will be immediately taken down or open access secured. Notice of the takedown will be provided to the owner of the web site or drive location by the college copyright designate. If after investigation the infringement allegation is found to be invalid, access to the web sight or drive location will be restored. If the infringement allegation is found to be valid, the procedure will be as follows.
Repeat violations of the copyright policy will result in loss of access privileges and computer account termination. Violators may also be referred to the appropriate authorities.
Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of original works, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual products. Publication is not essential for copyright protection, nor is the well-known symbol for copyright ©. Section 106 of the Copyright Act (90 Stat 2541) generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
The copyright owner retains these rights even when the work itself belongs to someone else. However, the rights are not absolute. They are subject to both “Fair Use” limitations, which apply to all media, and medium-specific limitations.
The doctrine of fair use, embedded in section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, addresses the needs of scholars and students by mitigating the rights of copyright ownership. However, what constitutes fair use is expressed in the form of guidelines rather than explicit rules. To determine fair use, consider the following four factors [from What Educators Should Know About Copyright, by Virginia M. Helm; Bloomington, IN, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1986]:
See the Faculty Handbook Statement on Copyright Responsibility for additional copyright information.