US Copyright Law
CIIS Copyright Guidelines
CIIS GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL
It is the intent of California Institute of Integral Studies to comply with the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Sect. 101, et seq.). The Institute directs faculty, staff and students to refrain from copying copyrighted works unless the action is authorized by: (a) specific exemptions in the copyright law, including the TEACH Act, (b) CIIS licenses with materials vendors include use, (c) written permission has been granted from the copyright owner, (d) the principle of "Fair Use" is applied.
BACKGROUND AND EXPLANATION
CIIS employees - core faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, teaching assistants, research assistants, and students - are legally responsible for adherence to copyright laws governing reproduction of materials (including but not limited to: photocopying and scanning, email transmission, downloading, uploading and transmission over the internet, duplication of audio or video materials, and copying of software).
RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE LAW
The above guideline statement does not cover all possible situations, nor does it give sufficient detail to be considered an adequate guide to copyright law. It is each CIIS employee, faculty member and sudent's responsibility to become informed of the provisions and guidelines of copyright law, and to stay current with the law as it pertains to their area of work responsibility, teaching, or research.
Additional information may be gained by consulting the CIIS Copyright flow chart, looking at this Copyright libguide, reading the Copyright information posted in the Online Education Handbook, or copyright guidelines in MyCIIS as well as looking at information posted by the Copyright Clearance Center or other institutions.
CIIS BEST PRACTICES:
WHEN CIIS OWNS / LICENSES MATERIAL OR HAS FREE ACCESS
- Print material owned by CIIS or Faculty used for courses taught face-to-face: you may place the original(s) on physical course reserve in the Library
- Electronic format material owned or licensed by CIIS: you may embed a link to the item in syllabi or the CIIS online Learning Platform (Canvas), or give students the full citation to the item(s), and directions on how to find the items in the CIIS Library
- Electronic format material freely available on the web: you may embed a link in syllabi or Canvas
WHY? - There are no limits on how much can be used when students are reading the original work (not a copy), to which they have access.
WHEN CIIS DOESN'T OWN / LICENSE MATERIAL - GET PERMISSION!
- Create a "Print Reader" using a commercial print shop - one that manages copyright royalties to create course readers for students to purchase
- Use the CIIS eReader platform "SIPX" to provide a mechanism for students to pay royalty fees per use and to allow an electronic downloadable format
- Contact the copyright holders directly to request permission to use materials in teaching. The copyright holder may be willing to allow use at no extra cost, or to allow more than the standard "acceptable amounts". Please note: they may also charge for permission to use.
WHAT ABOUT FAIR USE?
Faculty members may consider making one time spontaneous reproductions for classroom teaching under the FAIR USE provisions of the Copyright Act, including Section 107, which states: "In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include: 1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes; 2) the nature of the copyrighted work; 3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and 4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for the value of the copyrighted work." A "Fair Use Checklist" should be completed and held for each item in this senario.