UVA Policies on Copyright and Intellectual Property
The University's policy is to respect copyright laws. The people who create and own digital materials are afforded certain copyright protections by federal law. If you compromise those protections by using copyrighted materials in an unlawful way, you are also violating UVA policy. If you are interested in the topic of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and UVA's policies, standards, and procedures regarding copyright, visit the sources below to conduct more in-depth research on this topic:
- UVA Acceptable Use of University Information Technology Resources Policy (IRM-002)
- UVA Copyrights of Digital Materials and Software Standard
- UVA Copyrights of Digital Materials and Software Procedures
If you would like to find out more about copyright laws and issues in general—including U.S. and international law, fair use, public domain status, and so on— below are several good websites to get you started.
- UVA Library's website
- Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America (PDF) from the Consortium for Educational Technology for University Systems (CETUS)
You can find the U.S. Copyright Office's summary of the DMCA at http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf.