Digital and Media Copyright Compliance

Originally Issued:

October 2011

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Policy:

Unless covered under the provisions of Fair UseA limitation under 17 D.S.C. 107 to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work, allowing limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair are criticism, commentary, news reporting, scholarship or research. Determination of fair use involves consideration under a four-factor balancing test. For additional information see: http://www.copyright.gov/flsIflI02.html and http://www.copyright.gov/., it is a violation of federal copyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." laws to reproduce copyrighted material without permission of the copyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." holder. CopyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." law includes electronically stored materials such as music, movies and software. The university will investigate all digital and media copyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." infringement complaints and take appropriate action.

NOTE: For additional UNLV policy regarding copyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." see: www.unlv.edu/provost/copyright


Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Ensure UNLV is in compliance with the copyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." provisions in Section 487 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which requires that universities develop and implement "written plans to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution's networkAn underlying infrastructure of cabling, equipment, and management software that electronically transmits and directs the flow of information among devices. without unduly interfering with the educational and research use of the networkAn underlying infrastructure of cabling, equipment, and management software that electronically transmits and directs the flow of information among devices.."
  • Ensure UNLV is in compliance with the Digital Millennium CopyrightAs defined by U.S. Copyright Office - Circular 1 entitled "Copyright Basics" - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws ofthe United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of 'original works of authorship,' including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works." Act (DMCA).

Entities Affected By Policy:

Entities affected by this policy include all UNLV students and employees.


Who Should Read This Policy:

Students, faculty, employees, unit managers and supervisors, deans, directors, and department heads should read this policy.