Copyright (Policy IT-4)

Clarkson College recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes. Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. If duplicating or changing a product is to fall within the bounds of fair use, these four standards must be met for any of the foregoing purposes:

  • The use must be for such purposes as teaching or scholarship and must be for nonprofit;
  • Employees may make single copies of book chapters for use in research, instruction or preparation for teaching; articles from periodicals or newspapers, short stories, essays or poems, and charts, graphs, diagrams, drawings, cartoons or pictures from books, periodicals or newspapers in accordance with these guidelines;
  • Copying the whole of a work cannot be considered fair use; copying a small portion may be if these guidelines are followed; and,
  • If resulting economic loss to the copyright holder can be shown, even making a single copy of certain materials may be an infringement, and making multiple copies presents the danger of greater penalties.

The following policy statements apply to users within Clarkson College:

  1. Clarkson College is not responsible for any violations of the copyright law by its employees.
  2. Users will not load personal software on any computer system without the prior approval of Information Systems.
  3. Users will not download or make unauthorized copies of software.
  4. Users will not give, distribute or transfer software to any outside third party.
  5. Users will not place copyright material on the WWW, E-mail, or computer system that violates copyright laws. 
Legal References: P.L. 94-553 - Federal Copyright Law of 1976 (U.S. Code, Title 17)