Compliance: Compliance Policy
Checklist for creating a Copyright
Academic Copyright Policy - Sample
Tips for a Successful Rollout and Implementation
an Academic Copyright Policy
A copyright compliance policy, or simply a copyright policy,
is a summary of the copyright procedures of your institution. The
primary purpose of the policy is to provide a single, consistent
approach to copyright compliance. The policy also helps comply with
the requirements of the DMCA and the TEACH Act, and it serves as
a resource to address day-to-day copyright issues.
A successful policy is a "living" document that should
be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect any changes in
copyright law, the way in which copyright-protected materials
are used in your institution, and other institutional policies.
The policy may be an individual document, or it may be part of
your institution's intellectual property policies or other
related policies. Although it may initially be read cover-to-cover,
the policy is more likely to be consulted on an as-needed basis,
and an outline to guide users will help ensure its effectiveness.
Creating a copyright policy may seem like a daunting task. Where
do you begin? Who should be involved in the process? What sort
of information should be included in your policy? Do you need
a lawyer to draft the policy? These are some of the questions
you need to address in order to develop your copyright policy.
This section will help guide you through this process.
The first part of this section explains the things you need to
do and explore before developing your policy and putting it in
writing. The second part of this section includes a checklist
for developing your institution's policy, and the third
part provides a sample policy for the use of text-based content
in the classroom and the library. You may use and edit the sample
policy to develop your own. Lastly, there is a list of tips to
ensure a successful rollout of your copyright policy. Please note
that this information is not intended as legal advice or to serve
as a substitute for legal counsel.