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Copyright Information

Guidelines & Fair Use

In commitment to the John Brown University mission to contribute dynamically to the intellectual, spiritual and occupational effectiveness of men and women in God-honoring living and service, the JBU community agrees to honor and obey the copyright laws of the United States.

We recognize that during the course of instruction it is advantageous and necessary for faculty and students to use copyrighted materials. These materials must be legally obtained and used under the guidelines established by the copyright laws.

This page provides the information necessary to allow faculty, staff and students to use copyrighted materials to enhance the learning process in compliance with the law.

What materials do copyright laws cover? Almost everything! You must assume that anything written or created by a person after April 1, 1989 is covered by the copyright laws whether is has a copyright notice or not. Older works may or may not be copyrighted but it is best to assume that they are unless you know for sure otherwise. Works created privately and originally do not have to be made public to be covered. Likewise, works created privately and originally that are made public via the World Wide Web or via email are covered whether they contain a copyright statement or not.

The various copyright laws in effect have been created to give you permission to use copyrighted materials in the course of education. These laws are provided to give you freedom rather than further restriction. Therefore, understanding the laws is important to assist you in making appropriate and beneficial decisions to use copyrighted materials.

Permission to use copyrighted materials is covered by various sets of guidelines and law. Use the following links to identify those that pertain to your needs.

A Copyright Quick Guide

Copyright Quick Course Tutorial, (University of Texas)

Fair Use

Copyright and Fair Use, (Stanford University)

Fair Use Checklist, (Indiana University)


Fair Use in the Electronic Environment (University of Texas)


The TEACH Act, (University of Texas)

Overview of Copyright and Distance Education, (University of California)

Checklist for Compliance with the TEACH Act (University of Texas)

Obtaining Copyright Permission

How to Secure Permission to Use Copyrighted Works (Stanford University)

Sample Permission Letters (Columbia University)

Sample Copyright Statements

The TEACH Act requires that faculty notify students that "materials used in connection with the course may be subject to copyright implications."

Blackboard Course Sites - include this statement in a prominent location such as an Announcement or in the Syllabus information.

The materials on this course Web site are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

All Course Syllabi - include this statement in all course syllabi.

This course may use materials covered by the United States copyright laws. These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be further disseminated.

Handouts of Copyrighted Materials - Handouts that contain copyrighted material must also contain citation information. Include the title of the book or journal and the symbol ©  (you can make this by typing ( c ) without any spaces. Windows automatically translates it for you) followed by the name of the copyright holder (may be a person or a publishing company).

Use of Copyrighted Materials in PowerPoint - When you use copyrighted materials in your PowerPoint it is important to include the title of the work, © symbol, the author and the current copyright holder (owner of the item).

Citation Styles

MLA citation style (Cornell University)

APA Citation Style (Cornell University)

JBU Library

Copy Machines
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyright material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable to copyright infringement.

This Institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Reserve Materials
In order for the entire JBU academic community to comply with federal copyright laws, the library requests that the following information be included on the first page of every copy of photocopied material you place on reserve for your students in the library:
· The title of the book or journal
· The symbol © followed by the name of the copyright holder (may be a person or a publishing company).
Note: You may place on reserve no more than five photocopies of a book or article, or five copies of a book chapter or journal.

JBU Network
Using the JBU network to make copies of copyrighted material is against the JBU Code of Computing Practice. The JBU network should not be used for Internet sharing of any files that are not on JBU servers, whether they are copyrighted or not. If you must continue to collect files, do not share them for uploading to the Internet from your computer. That is an improper use of the network in general, and, when the files are copyrighted, it exposes both the student and JBU to legal action.

Users of software owned by John Brown University must abide by the copyright and license agreements. It is the user's responsibility to become familiar with the copyright/licensing agreements before using a product. It is illegal to copy most software products. Users may not use JBU computer systems to make or store illegal copies of copyrighted digital materials, including computer programs, pictures, clipart and other images, movies and videos, textual information, articles, reports and music.


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