Series: Series8000     Sub Series: 8100 HEALTH AND SAFETY     Policy Number: 8650
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Infringement on copyrighted material, whether prose, poetry, graphic images, music, video or computer code, is a serious offense against federal law. Therefore all reproduction of copyrighted material will be conducted strictly in accordance with applicable provisions of law. Unless otherwise allowed as "fair use" under federal law, permission must be acquired from the copyright owner prior to reproduction of material in any form.

The Superintendent of Schools and other Administrators are hereby directed to develop and submit to the Board for approval such guidelines, rules and regulations as he/she may deem appropriate to carry out this policy.

Computer Software

The district licenses the use of its computer software from a variety of outside companies. The district does not own this software or its related documentation and unless authorized by the software developer, does not have the right to reproduce it.

With regard to use in local area networks or on multiple machines, district staff shall use the software only in accordance with the license agreement. The staff, upon learning of any misuse of software and related documentation within the school, shall notify the Building Principal, who shall then notify the Superintendent. All copies of software (as permitted under the copyright law) shall be maintained in the libraries as a backup to the software package used by staff.

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17 U.S.C. §§101; 106; 107; 117; 201; 302 
Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko’s Graphics Corp., 758 F. Supp. 1522 (SDNY 1991)
H.R. Rep. No. 94-1476, 94th Cong., 2d Sess. (1976) 

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