The District has adopted the following policies to guide the use of copyrighted materials.
Computer, Mobile Devices, Network, Email, and Internet Connections: Staff Use (HUM-A003)
g. Users are prohibited from engaging in the following actions:
6. Using computer equipment, mobile devices, the network, or other district electronic resources for:
a. Any illegal activity, including but not limited to, violation of copyright or other licenses or contracts.
Fair use guidelines:
Because the “fair use” provision of the law is general, it is not subject to either precise definition or automatic application. Within the general parameters of the “fair use” section, the guidelines prepared “to interpret” the law have direct implication for classroom teachers. An outline of the guidelines with some commentary and examples of “fair use” application by type of media are presented to assist teachers in deciding whether a copy may lawfully be made.
The law offers specific guidance for some copying of some media for some purposes. In other areas, the law is not clear and these areas will be noted and caution will be urged in not exceeding a reasonable “fair use” application. Strict prohibitions are stated in some guidelines. Schools should take precautions to ensure observance of these prohibitions.
Excerpt from Public Law 94-443
Section 107 . . . the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono records or by any other means specified in these copyright laws, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a 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 copyright work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.