Copyright Policy

Copyright on Campus

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. You should assume materials you find on the internet are copyrighted unless a disclaimer or waiver is expressly stated. Some examples of copyright violations would include:

· displaying pictures or graphics you have not created yourself

· offering sound recordings you have not produced yourself

· using programs to distribute copyrighted files

· placing any materials owned by others on your webpage (or any other medium) without the expressed permission of the original owner.

When can I use it?

All or part of a copyrighted work may be used only if (a) you have the copyright owner’s permission, or (b) you qualify for a legal exception (the most common exception is called “fair use”). “Use” of a work is defined for copyright purposes as copying, distributing, making derivative works, publicly displaying, or publicly performing the work.

For a Cheat sheet of what you can and cannot use, click the link below. Link provided by Iredell Statesville Schools.

Who does the copyright policy pertain to?

Compliance with federal copyright law is expected of all students, faculty, and staff.


Copying, distributing, downloading, and uploading information on the Internet may infringe the copyright for that information. Even an innocent, unintentional infringement violates the law.

Click the link below from Word Press News for more information about DMCA.


Violations of copyright law that occur on or using the District’s networks or other resources (copiers, computers, etc.) may create liability for the school district as well as the user. Accordingly, repeat infringers will have access privileges terminated.

Our School AUP

For more information about our schools Acceptable Use Policy revision, please click on the document below.