WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Clarkson University is committed to the protection of intellectual property and copyright. Actions that deliberately infringe copyright and other intellectual property rights are inconsistent with the Clarkson Values and a violation of the Clarkson University Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy. Such actions will not be tolerated.
Users who violate the Clarkson University Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy may be subject to a $100 fine, loss of network privileges, and referral to the Dean of Students or Human Resources for disciplinary action. Violators may also be subject to additional legal and financial actions, with potential fines exceeding $150,000 per infringing work.
HOW TO AVOID COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT:
Clarkson University has taken the following steps to respond to the issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property infringement:
- The Chief Information Officer sends an annual announcement to all University computer users explaining the potential consequences of violating the laws regarding copyright protected material.
- By connecting to the network, each network user agrees to abide by the Clarkson University Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy. This policy prohibits copyright infringement and recognizes the importance of intellectual property.
- The Office of Information Technology responds to network use that is excessive and addresses suspected violations of the Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy.
- We provide students information on legal alternatives for music and video entertainment.
- We comply with takedown notices from copyright holders issued under the DMCA.
A NOTE ON FAIR USE:
Users should also note that there are specific situations, referred to as “Fair Use,” in which copyrighted material can be used without the copyright holders permission. Section 107 of the copyright law contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:
- The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
- The nature of the copyrighted work
- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
- The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work
The safest course is to get permission from the copyright owner before using copyrighted material. If you have further questions in reference to Fair Use, please contact the University Libraries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This email serves as the official communication of the University Copyright Policy for compliance with the HEOA of 2010.