Copyright Law

This policy affirms the College’s commitment to comply with United States law pertaining to copyright as expressed in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and codified in various laws; to respect faithfully the property rights of authors and their assignees; to educate members of the campus community about copyright law and rights available under that law; and to exercise vigorously our rights and responsibilities as teachers, scholars, authors, and creators in educating students, creating new works of pedagogy, scholarship, and art, and sharing those works with a wider community.  This policy outlines the relevant statutes, codifies Centre practices relevant to copyright, and recommends a variety of tools by which faculty, staff, and students can learn more about copyright law and ensure their own compliance with its provisions.

This policy also affirms that intellectual works eligible for copyright protection created by the faculty and students of Centre College in the course of their academic pursuits (including most courseware, syllabi, textbooks, scholarly monographs, trade publications, maps, charts, articles in popular magazines and newspapers, novels, nonfiction works, supporting materials, artistic works, and like works) are owned by the their creator(s) and that any revenue derived from their work likewise belong to the creator(s).  However, unless otherwise agreed in writing between the creator(s) and Centre College, the College’s use of this material shall be royalty-free.  In general, non-academic work created by faculty, staff, or students in fulfillment of their paid responsibilities – known as “work for hire”—is owned by the College.

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