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6580 - Reproduction of Copyrighted Material


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Last updated: January 01, 2024

A. Purpose. The purpose of this policy is to address proper use of copyrighted material at the University of Idaho in compliance with applicable policy and law, including federal copyright law.

B. Scope. This policy applies to all University of Idaho employees, students and affiliated individuals.

C. Policy

C-1. In general. It is the policy of the University of Idaho to comply with all U.S. copyright laws, including but not limited to Title 17 of the United States Code, the Copyright Act of 1976, and all subsequent amendments to copyright law. The University of Idaho recognizes that the exclusive rights of copyright holders are balanced by the limitations on those rights under federal copyright law. These limitations include the right to make a fair use of copyrighted materials in the course of face-to-face instruction and teaching activities, as protected under 17 U.S.C. §§ 107 (Fair Use), 108 (Reproduction by Libraries and Archives), 109 (First Sale Doctrine and Transfers), 110 (Teaching Exception) and other statutory exemptions and limitations to the exclusive rights granted to the owner of a copyright protected work.

C-2. Responsibilities. Every member of the U of I community is responsible for making their own good faith determination about the nature of their intended use of copyrighted materials in compliance with copyright law.

C-3. Guidance. The Copyright Guide maintained by the University of Idaho Libraries assists members of the U of I community in complying with federal copyright law. Members of the U of I community are expected to become familiar with and follow these guidelines.

C-4. Noncompliance. Employees, students and other university-affiliated individuals who willfully and with knowledge violate the University’s copyright policy or other federal copyright laws may place themselves individually at risk of liability in the event of a claim of copyright infringement. In such cases, the University may refuse to defend or indemnify an employee named in an infringement of copyright action. Violation of this policy may also result in discipline up to and including termination.

D. Contact Information. For further assistance, contact the University of Idaho Libraries or the Office of General Counsel.

E. References

FSH 5300 Copyrights, Protectable Discoveries and Other Intellectual Property Rights

University of Idaho Libraries Copyright Guide

Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17)

Version History

Amended 2024. Complete rewrite.

Amended 2007. Editorial changes.

Adopted July 1996.

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