Saint Francis University

Policy Title: Copyright Policy

Responsible Office: IT Services
Policy Officer: VP for Academic Affairs
Scope:
|Faculty |Staff |Student

Approved By: President's Council

Approved Date: 4/27/2016

Effective Date: 4/27/2016

Category: Campus Use and Facilities


Description/Purpose:

Recognizing the balance between fostering creativity and protecting ownership, Saint Francis University expects and requires all students, faculty, and staff to comply with applicable copyright laws and this policy.  Saint Francis University students, faculty, and staff are expected to have a basic understanding of copyright law in order to ensure compliance with the law and this policy. 

Details:

Definitions

Copyright Act

The Copyright Act is a federal law that provides protection in the United States for creative works (termed original works of authorship) in the form of copyright. 

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement, which is a violation of the Copyright Act, generally occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed or made into a derivative work without the copyright owners permission. 

Copyright General Subject Matter

Copyright protection arises in original works of authorship that are fixed in any tangible medium of expression (e.g., written or typed on paper, stored in a computer, recorded in an audio or video format, etc.). Works of authorship include the following categories: (1) literary works; (2) musical works, including any accompanying words; (3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music; (4) pantomimes and choreographic works; (5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; (6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works; (7) sound recordings; and (8) architectural works.

Policy

Discipline and Penalties

The unlawful reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material by students, faculty, and staff, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing or illegal downloading, are violations of this policy and are subject to sanctions and disciplinary action by the University including dismissal for faculty and staff and expulsion for students.  The legal penalties for copyright infringement and violations of the Copyright Act include fines, payment of damages and profits, attorney fees, court costs, and jail time.

Legal Alternatives

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires an educational institution to offer legal alternatives to illegal downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material. The institution must periodically review the legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material and make the results of the review available to its students through a Web site or other means. To comply with this directive and to ensure Saint Francis University students and other constituents have access to the most current legal alternatives, Saint Francis University provides these links:  The Educause compilation of Legal Sources of Online Content http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Related Policies:

Acceptable Use of Email, Network and Internet Use Policy http://info.francis.edu/INFONET/
Computer Software Policy http://info.francis.edu/INFONET/
Academic Honesty Policy https://my.francis.edu/ICS/Current_Students/Student_Academic_Forms_and_Policies.jnz

Ownership of Intellectual Property Policy   https://my.francis.edu/ICS/Faculty_Staff/Academic_Forms_and_Policies.jnz