What is copyright?
Copyright is defined as: "A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of 'original works of authorship' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works." The copyright law is contained in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.
How does the copyright Law affect me?
All SJR State students and employees are expected to have a basic understanding of copyright law and to adhere to all laws regarding copyright, Fair Use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the TEACH Act, and to act in good faith when using copyrighted materials in support of their educational and research activities.
SJR State's Copyright Policy is published in the The Rules and Policies of the District Board of Trustees of St. Johns River State College.
Resources and Guidelines for Faculty Utilizing Copyrighted Works in the Classroom
Copyright on Campus - A short video presentation produced by the Copyright Clearance Center as "a crash course in copyright for academic institutions."
Copyright in the Classroom - A pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation created by SJR State Librarian, Dixie Yeager.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act 2010 Exemptions - A pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation created by SJR State Librarian, Dixie Yeager.
What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing?
While Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technologies facilitate collaborative work, creativity, and have many important and legitimate uses. However, some forms of peer-to-peer file sharing violate the copyright law. To assist you in understanding the parameters of peer-to-peer file sharing, the College has prepared a brochure titled Illegal Downloading and P2P. A list of legal alternatives is made available through EDUCAUSE.
The links provided here are intended to provide you with basic information regarding your rights and responsibilities concerning copyright, Fair Use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Teach Act.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act – Discussion
Copyright – Overviews
Copyright Permissions & Collective Licensing Agencies
Fair Use – Brief Summaries
Fair Use – Overviews
Distance Education and the TEACH Act