This article sets out commonly asked questions about copyright management and copyright compliance. The answers to these questions will help with managing copyright and licensing issues in your library or organization.
What is a copyright policy?
A Copyright Policy is a written document that sets out copyright information, specifically how it applies to the use of content in your enterprise. It may set out basic copyright information, global copyright information, questions and answers in your organization, how to apply fair dealing/fair use in your organization, and your copyright contact person. The Policy is also a great resource for teaching copyright in your organization.
What are some steps we can take to ensure copyright compliance in our enterprise?
Some recommendations to ensure copyright compliance include:
- instituting an enterprise-wide written copyright policy
- providing on-going education about copyright and licensing issues
- undertaking periodic audits on computer software licenses
- posting copyright warnings/notices near photocopiers, computers and printers.
See our Copyright Compliance Checklist for more in-depth information on this topic.
Are all U.S. government works protected by copyright?
U.S. government works are not protected by copyright. This means that a work created by a U.S. government employee for purposes of work doesn’t have copyright protection. However, the U.S. government may own copyright-protected works. For example, the U.S. could own a protected work by purchasing an assignment of copyright from a copyright owner.
Can you point me to examples of copyright warnings/notices posted near photocopiers?
Both the U.S. and Canadian copyright statutes provide sample wording for libraries to include in copyright warnings/notices near photocopiers. Similar wording can be used by all organizations, and similar wording could be used near all technology where copyright-protected works may be reproduced.
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