For most people understanding U.S. Copyright law is challenging and often frustrating. The complexities of understanding your rights as a copyright owner, as a user of third-party works, even as an educator, and especially in a digital environment take time and effort. Laws pertaining to copyright changes over time, and the purpose of copyright "to promote the progress of science and the useful arts" (U.S. Constitution S8, c8) sometimes seems lost, especially for those who are not legal experts.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has created a brochure to aid faculty in making copyright decisions.
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Each member of the faculty and staff of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is responsible for complying with copyright law and for initiating his or her own intellectual property agreements with the College. NVCC believes faculty and staff can best serve the College and protect their own interests by acquiring a basic knowledge of current United States Copyright Law, Virginia Intellectual Property Law as it pertians to state-supported colleges, and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and NVCC policy.
Section 29 is divided into two parts. Subsection 29.1 provides general guidance on using copyrighted materials legally and describeds penalites for copyright infringement. Subsection 29.2 explains College policies and procedures for defining ownership of intellectual property created by College facutly and staff. The attachment section contains forms, sample permission letters, and a copy of the VCCS Intellectual Property Policy.