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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Copyright Policy

Policy Number: 1041

PURPOSE

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires Hutchinson Community College to have processes in place to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material and, to the extent practicable, offer alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property.   

Copyright infringement constitutes a violation of Institutional policy and may create potential liability for both civil and criminal actions. Action on the part of the Institution as a matter of policy does not remedy a user against possible legal actions from the content owner or possible criminal actions on the part of law enforcement.

HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMPLIES WITH HEOA REQUIREMENTS AS FOLLOWS:

  •  Publishes warnings online, in print, and in presentations that students who violate copyright laws may be subject to disciplinary action by the College as well as prosecution under State and Federal guidelines.
  • The Vice President of Student Services annually discloses this information to students through electronic means that defines copyright law, details College rules for file sharing, and lists legal alternatives for acquiring copyrighted materials.
  • Information Technology monitors network activity and utilizes network appliances specifically for stopping illegal file sharing and copyright use.
  • The college residence hall student network computing system is maintained by an external contracted vendor.  Residents are required to maintain compliance with any additional vendor policies beyond HCC's policies.


POSSIBLE RESOURCES ARE:

  • Legal Music Downloading  (link to http://www.campusdownloading.com/legal.htm)
  •  Legal Movies and TV Shows (link to http://www.mpaa.org/piracy_ligalopt.asp)
  • Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy  (link to policy)
  • HCC Student Handbook   (Link to Official Disciplinary Proceedings section of handbook)
  • Technical Support Phone: (620) 665-3524
  • Tech Support E-Mail: techsupport@hutchcc.edu
  • JFK Library Phone: (620) 665-3547 or 665-3338
  • JFK Library E-Mail: jfk@hutchcc.edu


COPYRIGHT NOTICE -- WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research."  Additionally, the work cannot be digital material such as "a musical work, a pictorial, graphic or sculptural work, or a motion picture or other audiovisual work other than an audiovisual work dealing with news."  Materials may be used for limited educational purposes (in class).  If a user makes a request for, or uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

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