A. Statement of Corporate Values
We at Spartanburg Community College recognize and respect intellectual property rights. As part of our mission to maintain the highest standards for ethical conduct, we are committed to fulfilling our moral and legal obligations with respect to our use of copyright-protected works.
B. Sources of U.S. Copyright Law
Article I of the U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to pass legislation "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." On the basis of the Constitution, Congress has enacted the Copyright Act found at Title 17 of the U.S. Code.
1. No employee of Spartanburg Community College may reproduce any copyrighted work in print, video or electronic form in violation of the law, and the easiest way to ensure no violation is by receiving express written permission of the copyright holder. Works are protected by copyright laws in the U.S. even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and even if they do not carry the copyright symbol (©).Copyrighted works include, but are not limited to, printed articles from publications, TV and radio programs, videotapes, music performances, photographs, training materials, manuals, documentation, software programs, databases and World Wide Web pages. In general, the laws that apply to printed materials are also applicable to visual and electronic media. Examples include diskettes, CD-ROMs and World Wide Web pages.2. For all copyrighted works, Spartanburg Community College directs its employees to request its copyright officer to obtain permission from the Copyright Clearance Center or from copyright holders directly or their licensing representative, when the reproduction exceeds fair use.3. Spartanburg Community College designates Mark Roseveare as the copyright officer to administer our college's copyright policy. Mark Roseveare at Spartanburg Community College can help you determine whether a work is covered by the CCC license and how to handle any special copyright issues. Questions concerning copyright procedures, including fair use, should be addressed to Mark Roseveare.
D. Outline of Compliance Procedures
To obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted material, the employee should contact the copyright officer who will request permissions online at www.copyright.com. Questions on specific procedures should be directed to the copyright officer named above.
E. Instructions for Handling an Incident of Copyright Infringement
Spartanburg Community College encourages its employees to educate their peers on copyright compliance. If any employee witnesses a potential copyright infringement, we encourage the employee to bring the matter to the attention of the individual as well as to our copyright officer named above. Employees who illegally duplicate copyrighted works may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
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