What You Should Know About Copyright

 
Definition
Copyright is the legal authority to copy books, recording, software, video, photos, and other creative products. Copyright may be owned, bought, and sold, and copyright owners may grant or sell copying licenses to individuals or institutions.
 
Example 1
The right to copy Microsoft Word, the word processing program, is owned by Microsoft Corporation. Persons who buy a copy of the Word program do not buy the right to copy the program, except as stipulated in the licensing agreement accompanying the purchased software (usually allowing the purchaser to copy the program for archival purposes).
 
Example 2
The right to copy pages of a textbook is usually owned by the publisher of the book. It is a violation of copyright law to reproduce without permission pages of the book for distribution as course materials.
 
Illegal copying
Anyone who copies copyrighted material without a license to copy may be violating the copyright laws of the United States.
 
Liability
Both the College and individual faculty and staff members are liable for damages if copyrighted materials are reproduced without permission or in violation of the law.
 
Responsibility
The users of computers, convenience copiers, and recording machines are all affected by copyright regulations. The user is responsible for compliance with the law.