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603.14 - Copyright Compliance




In order for students to experience a diverse curriculum, the board encourages employees to supplement their regular curricular materials with other resources. In so doing, the board recognizes that federal laws makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes. Severe penalties may be imposed for plagiarism and unauthorized copying or using of media including but not limited to print, electronic, and web-based materials unless the copying or using conforms to fair use doctrine. Under the fair use doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research providing that all fair use guidelines are met.

While the district encourages employees to enrich the learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is the responsibility of employees to abide by the district’s copying procedures and obey the requirements in order to perform their duties properly. The district will not be responsible for any violations of the copyright law by employees or students. Violation of the copyright law by employees may result in discipline up to and including termination. Violation of the copyright law by students may result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Parents or others who wish to record, by any means, school programs or other activities need to realize that even though the district received permission to perform a copyrighted work, it does not mean outsiders can copy it and replay it. Those who wish to do so should contact the employee in charge of the activity to determine what the process is to ensure the copyright law is followed. The district is not responsible for outsiders violating the copyright law or this policy.

Any employee or student who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with district procedures or is permissible under the law should contact the teacher-librarian, who will also assist employees and students in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected material when such authorization is required.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, or designee, in conjunction with the teacher-librarians to develop administrative regulation regarding this policy

Adopted: 7/07
Reviewed: 7/11; 9/12; 9/13; 2/15; 4/18
Revised: 1/10
Related Policy (Code#): 603.14-R
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 17 USC § 101; 281 IAC 12.3(12)