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Copyright Compliance Policy

Henry County Library System
Copyright Compliance Policy

Statement of Values. The Henry County Library System recognizes and respects the rights of all authors and creators of original works of literature, drama, music, art, and other works of intellectual property.  We are committed to fulfilling our moral and legal obligations with respect to the use of copyright-protected works.

Sources of U.S. Copyright Law. Article 1 of the U.s. Constitution authorized congress to pass legislation “to promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”  Based on this authority, Congress enacted the Copyright Act which has been codified in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Statement of the Library’s Obligations Regarding Copyright.  As a matter both of moral integrity and of adherence to U.S. copyright law, the Henry County Library System sets froth these policies for all employees and patrons to demonstrate our respect for intellec-tual property and compliance with the law:

1.    No employee or patron may reproduce any copyrighted work in print, video, or electronic form in violation of copyright law, and the easiest way to ensure no vi-olation is by obtaining the express written permission of the copyright holder.  Works are protected by copyright laws in the U.S. even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and even if they do not carry the copyright sym-bol (©).

Copyright works include, but are not limited to, printed articles from publications, television and radio programs, videotapes, music performances, photographs, training materials, manuals, documentation, software programs, databases, and World Wide Web pages.

2.    For all copyrighted works, the Henry County Library System directs its employ-ees and patrons to obtain permission from copyright holders directly, or through their licensing representative(s), when the reproduction exceeds fair use.

3.    The Henry County Library System designates [name and position] as the copy-right officer to administer this copyright policy.  [Name and position} can help other employees and patrons determine whether a work is covered by copyright law and how to handle any copyright issues.  Questions concerning copyright procedures, including fair use, should be addressed to [name and position].

Compliance Procedures. To obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted works, employ-ees and patrons should contact the Rights and licensing Department of the copyright holder.  Questions on specific procedures should be directed to the copyright officer identified above.

Instructions for Handling an Incident of Copyright Infringement.  The Henry County Library System encourages all employees and patrons to educate themselves on copyright compliance.  If any employee or patron witnesses a potential copyright infringement, we encourage the employee or patron to bring the matter to the attention of the individual as well as to the attention of the copyright officer named above.  Employees who illegally duplicate copyrighted works may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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