The District recognizes that federal law makes it illegal
to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of
the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempted purposes.
Severe penalties may be imposed for unauthorized copying or
use of audio, visual, or printed materials and computer software,
unless the copying or use conforms to the "fair use"
Under the fair use doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of
copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as
criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship
While the District encourages its staff to enrich the learning
programs by making proper use of supplementary materials,
it is the responsibility of District staff to abide by the
District's copying procedures and to obey the requirements
of the law. Under no circumstances shall it be necessary for
District staff to violate copyright requirements in order
to perform their duties properly. The District cannot be responsible
for any violations of copyright law by its staff.
Any staff member who is uncertain as to whether reproducing
or using copyrighted material complies with the District's
procedures or is permissible under the law should contact
the Superintendent. The Superintendent will assist staff in
obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected materials
when such authorization is required.
US Code Title XVII, Public Law 94-533, United States Copyright
Law of 1976.
ADOPTED: 13 August 1992
REVIEWED: 29 April 1999
REVISED: 26 February 2009