22 April 2009

16.0 Copyright and Licensing Management/Compliance Issues

16.0 Question: What is a copyright policy?
Answer: A Copyright Policy is a written document that sets out copyright information, specifically how it applies to the use of content in your organization. It may set out basic copyright information, global copyright information, questions and answers in your organization, how to apply fair dealing/use in your organization, and the contact person for copyright in your organization. The Policy is also a great document/text for teaching copyright in your organization. (2009-1)

16.1 Question: What are some steps we can take to ensure copyright compliance in our enterprise?
Answer: Some recommendations include instituting an enterprise-wide written copyright policy (see 16.0 above); providing on-going education about copyright and licensing issues; undertaking periodic audits on computer software licenses, and posting copyright warnings/notices near photocopiers, computers and printers. (2009-3)

16.2 Question: Are all U.S. government works protected by copyright?
Answer: 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 does not 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 from a copyright owner. (2009-3)

16.3 Question: Can you point me to examples of copyright warnings/notices posted near photocopiers?
Answer: 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. (2009-4)

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