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Information on copyright law and fair use.
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Copyright Symbol

The copyright symbol is no longer required by the United States for works published after 1989.  Please remember that all works, unless specifically marked in the public domain, are to be considered copyrighted.


Haiku Statement

"You shall not upload, post or otherwise make available via the Haiku Learning Sites, Apps and/or Services any of Your Content protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, and the burden of determining that Your Content is not protected by copyright rests with you."


Classroom Exemption

The University of Minnesota has one of the best explanations of the Classroom Use exception - take a look here: 


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This template, though modified some, is used with permission of I. Redman.


Copyright on Campus Video by Copyright Clearance Center


FCDS Policy

Forsyth Country Day School values intellectual inquiry by students, faculty and staff.  As such an institution, FCDS is committed to adhering to all applicable laws regarding intellectual property. This policy FCDS' compliance standards with Title 17 U.S. Code, the United States Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act 2002.

The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty, staff, and students at Forsyth Country Day School with an understanding of copyright law and fair use.

While copyright issues can be complex, everyone needs to understand the basics. Failure to comply with copyright law can lead to substantial legal penalties for both you and the school.



Copyright Law Defined

Copyright law, as defined in Title 17 of the United States Code, protects "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression" for a limited period. Copyright protection includes, for instance, the legal right to publish and sell literary, artistic, or musical work, and copyright protects authors, publishers and producers, and the public.  Copyright applies both to traditional media (books, records, etc.) and to digital media (electronic journals, web sites, etc.). Copyright protects the following eight categories of works:

  1. literary works
  2. musical works
  3. dramatic works
  4. pantomimes and choreographic works
  5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  7. sound recordings
  8. architectural works

Ownership of a copyrighted work includes the right to control the use of that work. Use of such work by others during the term of the copyright requires either permission from the author or reliance on the doctrine of fair use. Failure to do one or the other will expose the user to a claim of copyright infringement for which the law provides remedies including payment of money damages to the copyright owner.

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