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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6162.6  Instruction

Use Of Copyrighted Materials   

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The Los Angeles County Board of Education recognizes the importance of ensuring that Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) complies with federal law regarding copyrights. LACOE staff and students are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards in using copyrighted materials.

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

When selecting appropriate supplementary instructional materials, it is each staff member's responsibility to adhere to the provisions of federal copyright law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. LACOE shall not be responsible for any violation of copyright laws by its staff or students. If a staff member is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with the law, he/she shall contact the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools or designee for clarification and assistance. At no time shall it be necessary for a LACOE employee to violate copyright laws in order to perform his/her duties.

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 4119.1/4219.1/4319.1 - Civil and Legal Rights)

(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books and Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that LACOE observes all publisher licensing agreements between vendors and LACOE, including monitoring the number of users permitted by an agreement. Unless the applicable licensing agreement authorizes multiple users of a single program, LACOE shall not make multiple copies of a computer program or software. Staff members shall take reasonable precautions to prevent copying or the use of unauthorized copies on school equipment.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 3300 - Expenditures and Purchases)

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that LACOE students receive information and training about copyright laws and the penalties for violating such laws.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35182 Computer software

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 17

101-122 Subject matter and scope of copyright, especially:

102 Definitions

107 Fair use

110 Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays

COURT DECISIONS

Marcus v. Rowley, (9th Cir., 1982) 695 F.2d 1171

Management Resources:

U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE PUBLICATIONS

Circular 21: Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians, 1995

WEB SITES

Copyright Clearance Center: http://www.copyright.com

Copyright Society of the USA: http://www.csusa.org

U.S. Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: July 10, 2012 Downey, California