It is the intent of the Board to abide by the provisions of current copyright and intellectual property laws as they affect the school district and its employees.  The district shall educate staff and students regarding the harms of copyright piracy.


Copyrighted materials, whether they are print or nonprint, will not be duplicated, reproduced, distributed or displayed for district-sponsored activities or by using district equipment except in accordance with law.


While the district encourages its staff to enrich learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is the responsibility of district staff to abide by the district's copying procedures and obey the requirements of the law. In no circumstances shall it be necessary for district staff to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties properly. The district cannot be responsible for any violations of the copyright law by its staff.


Any staff member who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with district procedures or is permissible under the law, should consult the superintendent.  The superintendent will assist staff in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected materials, when such authorization is required.


The superintendent is responsible for implementing this policy and creating procedures to guide employees in following copyright compliance.


Legal Reference:         P.L. 94-553, Federal Copyright Law of 1976 (U.S. Code, Title 17)

                                    P.L. 105-304, Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998


















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