2.7 Copyright Policies
Copied from Policy Manual, volume II, December 2013
2.7.1 Copyright Law
The copyright policy of Immaculata University (hereinafter "IU") affirms its commitment to
comply with United States law relating to copyright; to respect the property rights of authors and
their assignees; to educate members of the campus community about copyright law; and to
exercise vigorously the rights and responsibilities granted under this law.
The policy adheres to the long-standing academic tradition that creators of works own the
copyrights in works resulting from their scholarly, pedagogical, and creative activities. This
principle is the foundation of this policy on copyright. This principle also underlies the
commitment of IU to fostering an environment of respect for and responsible use of the
intellectual property of others. IU is committed to helping members of the community comply
with copyright laws by providing resources to help individuals make informed, careful, and
situation-sensitive decisions about the lawful and fair use of work created by others.
This policy applies to all IU employees, students, contractors, and volunteers and all others who
use computing resources, information technologies, networks, voice messaging equipment,
computer software, data networking systems, including remote and wireless and electronically
stored institutional data and messages owned or managed by IU or any third parties contracting
with IU for the provision of hosting, network or other technology services (hereinafter "users").
Any person that has agreed to follow the IU acceptable use policy has, in effect, agreed to this
It is the policy of IU that all users must comply with U.S. Copyright Law. Copyrighted materials
may be copied freely by the owner of the copyright on the materials. In addition, copyright
holders such as scholarly publishers, may explicitly release their published materials from strict
observance of copyright laws for stated classroom or research purposes.
126.96.36.199 Compliance with Copyright Laws
Using a computer to copy, download, or store any copyrighted material (text, images, music,
movies, etc.) without authorization is a violation of the law, and leaves you liable, on conviction,
to imprisonment, heavy fines, and/or damages. Owners of copyright have become much more
assertive of their rights recently, and are taking legal action against those whom they believe are
violating their copyrighted property. For information about copyright law, see
Before relying on the fair use exception to the Copyright Act, users should educate themselves
regarding the limits of fair use and should, in each instance, perform a careful, good faith fair use
analysis based on the factors identified in Section 107 of the federal Copyright Act.
Faculty and staff are permitted to use and duplicate copyrighted materials of other parties for
educational and classroom uses, provided such activities are within the fair use standard, 17 U. S.
C. sect. 107. The fair use standard requires consideration and balancing by users of the
following factors to determine if duplication or use by a third party constitutes a fair use:
188.8.131.52.1 The Fair Use Factors
1. The Purpose and Character of the Use, Including Whether the Use is of a Commercial
Nature or is For Non-Profit Educational Purposes:
A non-profit or non-commercial use
weighs in favor of a fair use. Non-profit educational purposes, such as duplication for
classroom purposes rather than commercial purposes, generally tend to support a finding of
2. Nature of the Copyrighted Work: Works fall into categories such as published or
unpublished, fact or fiction. Published factual works, such as form books, dictionaries or
other factual works, by their nature more readily support a finding of fair use than do
unpublished works or non-factual, fictional, creative works.
3. Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used in Relation to the Copyrighted Work as a
If the portion of the work copied or used in relation to the entire work is
quantitatively and qualitatively insignificant that supports a finding of fair use. No specific
number of words or percentage copied of the work is set as being permissible. However, see
the "safe harbor" guidelines discussed. Copying of a minor portion of a work may be found
to be other than a fair use if the portion constitutes the essence or critical part of the copied or
used work. Users should post links to articles and materials whenever possible rather than
duplicating complete works.
4. The Effect of the Use upon the Potential Market for or Value of the Copyrighted Work: This
factor is considered the most important element to be considered under the fair use analysis.
Duplication or use of a copyrighted work that is not detrimental to and does not diminish the
potential market for the work will support a finding of fair use.
Examples Of Acts That Do Not Constitute Fair Use:
1. Duplication of materials for profit.
2. Duplication of material from published textbooks.
3. Duplication of unpublished materials.
4. Duplication of computer software for multiple use.
5. Duplication of the same materials for classroom use term after term.
184.108.40.206 File Sharing And Peer-to-Peer Software Programs
Current technology easily allows personal computers to duplicate and distribute copyrighted
video images, audio recordings and other digital materials. Unfortunately this makes it is easy to
violate the IU policy and US copyright law. For this reason the use of popular and freely
distributed file sharing programs such as KaZaA, Gnutella (Morpheus, LimeWire, Gnucleus,
Bearshare), Aimster, iMesh, and many other programs to download copyrighted music and video
material, in almost every case, creates a violation of IU policy and US law.
Most of these programs by default allow Internet users to copy files from a computer. Most
programs do not provide alerts in advance or even ask the user’s permission before turning a
computer into an Internet file server. Some of these programs also install hidden components
that allow file sharing to run in the background on a computer. As a result, whenever a computer
is turned on, the file sharing application is also enabled, even if the application is not opened or
actively used. Such an application places a user at a high risk of violating IU policy and
copyright law by becoming an unlawful distributor of copyrighted material. For example, what
you may believe to be a single one-time policy violation consisting of downloading a single track
of music from a popular CD is actually an around-the-clock violation of IU policy and copyright
law because anytime your computer is turned on it is publicly announcing to the Internet
(perhaps unknowingly to you) that the single music track you previously downloaded is now
available on your computer for distribution via the IU network. Because IU has a reliable and
large capacity connection to the Internet and because these file sharing programs favor
computers connected to fast reliable networks, thousands of other Internet users flock to your
computer to download your file.
IU does not monitor computer use on the IU network to look for copyright violations; however,
in the process of investigating network congestion or troubleshooting technical problems, IU
may become aware of policy violations. In such cases immediate action may be taken by IU,
including disconnection of network access.
The law enforcement agencies, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and
other copyright holders of digital media are actively monitoring the Internet for users who are
actively distributing copyrighted material. The recording, film and software industries have
become very aggressive in their active pursuit of copyright infringement. Millions of dollars
have been spent to develop and maintain software which is able to search the Internet and
identify unauthorized distribution of their protected titles. This active monitoring is specifically
designed to search for distribution of materials using the most commonly used software packages
including KaZaA, Gnutella (Morpheus, LimeWire, Gnucleus, Bearshare), Aimster, iMesh, as
well as many others.
220.127.116.11 Software Generally Protected By Copyright Law
The vast majority of all computer software is protected by copyright law. The exceptions to this
rule are so few users should assume that all software on IU’s computer system, on third party
systems, or available through the Internet is protected by copyright, unless there is a clear
indication to the contrary.
Simply stated, copyright laws allow a user of software to use the software, load it onto the hard
drive of a computer, and retain the original disk as an archive copy. Users are not allowed to
modify the software, make more copies of it, simultaneously use a single copy on both a home
and a campus computer, or distribute the software through the Internet, unless the license
agreement explicitly permits those activities.
Possessing software for which an individual does not own a license is a violation of the
Copyright Act, and may subject both IU and individual users to sanctions as set forth in the
Copyright Act. For all practical purposes, the fair use exception does not apply to operating
system and application software.
In addition to application software and operating systems, federal copyright protection also
extends to the data files (content) created for use with or by applications and operating systems
(e.g., spreadsheets, databases, quicktime video files, scanned images). Unauthorized creation,
copying and distribution of these materials are violations of the federal copyright statute, unless
they can be construed as fair use.
18.104.22.168 Violation of Copyright Laws
Upon obtaining knowledge that material residing on its systems or networks is infringing or that
its systems or networks are being used for infringing activities (or upon becoming aware of
circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent), IU will act expeditiously to remove or
disable access to the infringing materials and may deny the users responsible further access to its
systems or networks. In addition, users who willfully disregard or violate copyright law may be
subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable disciplinary policies and procedures.
The IU acceptable use policy and the IU copyright policy state that the receipt of, possession of,
or distribution of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder is
prohibited. Such acts are a violation of the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).
Violators of copyright law could be subject to felony charges in state or federal court, and may
also be sued by the copyright holder in civil court. Such civil suits could subject the violator to
liability for infringement with damages up to $100,000 per work.
22.214.171.124 Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law by President Clinton in
October, 1998. One of the provisions of the legislation provides an opportunity for universities
such as IU to shield themselves from liability for the actions of users that infringe on the
copyrights of others. Any use of the IU network, email system, or websites to transfer
copyrighted material including, but not limited to, software, text, images, audio and video is
strictly prohibited. As indicated above, acts of piracy are violations of state and federal laws,
and as such, may result in criminal charges.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, P.L. 105-304 ("DMCA"), Immaculata
University has designated the following individual to receive and respond to reports of alleged
copyright infringement on IU’s website:
Vice President for Finance and Administration Immaculata University
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345
Telephone: (610) 647-4400 ext. 3050
Fax: (610) 251-1668
The Act requires the complainant to include certain information as specified below:
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing
(either on paper or electronic mail) and must include the following elements:
1. A physical or electronic signature;
2. Description of the work claimed to be infringed;
3. Description of the allegedly infringing work and the location on the University’s web site;
4. Contact information for the complaining party;
5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that the use of the material in
the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner or law;
6. A statement that the information contained in the notification is accurate, and under penalty
of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
For more information on United States Copyright Laws, see: The US Copyright Office.
126.96.36.199 TEACH Act
The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) (Section 110(2) of
the U.S. copyright law) is a copyright exemption that addresses teaching conducted through
Under the TEACH Act, instructors may use the following copyrighted materials when teaching a
class through a digital transmission:
1. Performances of nondramatic literary works;
2. Performances of nondramatic musical works;
3. Performances of any other work, including dramatic works and audiovisual works, but only
in "reasonable and limited portions"; and
4. Displays of any work "in an amount comparable to that which is typically displayed in the
course of a live classroom session".
When using the copyrighted materials listed above in a digital transmission, the instructor has the
following obligations under the TEACH Act:
1. The performance or display is made by or under the supervision of an instructor;
2. The use is limited to performances and displays. The TEACH Act does not apply to
materials that are for students’ independent use and retention, such as textbooks or other
3. The work is part of systematic mediated instructional activities;
4. The transmission must be made solely for and limited to students officially enrolled in the
5. Only lawfully acquired may be used;
6. The instructor should use reasonable efforts to prevent copying and retention of the work
(e.g., streaming for video; thumbnails, watermarks and disabling right click copy function for
7. The materials to be used should not include those primarily marketed for the purposes of
distance education (i.e. an electronic textbook or a multimedia tutorial);
8. A digital copy may be made from an analog copy when no digital version is available or
when the digital version is technologically protected;
9. The work must carry a notice to students that the works are copyrighted.
Instructors should also be mindful that they might also consider fair use when using copyrighted
works in distance education settings. See Volume II: Compliance with Copyright Laws above
for additional information.
188.8.131.52 Use of Copyrighted Video
Immaculata University students, faculty and staff should be aware that it is a violation of federal
law and University policy to improperly present video materials. Those who show videos for
entertainment purposes without permission from the licensee in a public area are in violation of
the copyright law and University copyright policy. This restriction applies even if there is no
admission charge for the performance. Using copyrighted video material in a private or
classroom showing for educational purposes is not a violation of the law.
184.108.40.206 Reporting A Violation
Any issues or concerns related to the use of copyrights at IU should be directed to the copyright
officer, Gabriele Library, 610-647-4400, extension 3841.
2.7.2 Intellectual Property
This policy governs the protection and administration of intellectual property ("IP") developed in
support of IU’s mission. It describes IU’s policies pertaining to the ownership of IP. Its
1. To enable IU to foster the free and creative expression and exchange of ideas and comment;
2. To establish policies and procedures for sharing income derived from IP produced at IU; and
3. To protect IU’s assets.
220.127.116.11 Policy Scope
This policy applies to all IU faculty and employees ("Covered Individual") who make use of IU
facilities, equipment, or other resources.
All IP developed in conjunction with organizations in partnership with IU
resources/support/facilities shall be governed by the provisions of this policy. IP not governed
exclusively by this policy shall include the following:
1. All IP developed by faculty with support from a sponsor other than IU shall be governed by
the provisions regarding ownership in the applicable sponsorship agreement, grant or
contract. In the absence of such terms, the ownership of such IP shall be determined by this
2. IP that is the subject of a specific agreement between IU and the author(s)/creator(s) thereof
shall be owned as provided in such agreement;
3. Ownership and creative control of works made for hire will be governed by an agreement to
be made prior to commencement of work between IU and the author /creator. The
author/creator is one who receives payment from IU for the particular work.
Because all possible circumstances cannot be envisioned by this policy, each particular situation
will be evaluated to determine ownership interests and who may have the right to ownership and
use IP that is developed. This policy provides a general guide for determining ownership and
control of IP developed by IU faculty and employees. The provisions of this policy are subject
to any applicable laws, regulations or provisions of grants or contracts, which affect the rights of
IP, made in connection with the activity.
18.104.22.168 Definition of Intellectual Property
For the purposes of this policy statement, IP is defined as any original work created by an
individual or group of individuals. This work might be written, oral, visual, recorded, or digital.
Content considered IP includes any works that are or may be protected by copyright law or
22.214.171.124 Duty to Disclose Inventions
Although development of patents and commercial applications is not a primary goal of IU,
patentable inventions and other marketable forms of intellectual property may result from IU
related activities. Inventions conceived and/or reduced to practice which were made or
conceived utilizing IU facilities, equipment, funds or other contributions of IU or were made or
conceived during an IU administered program, research project or under an IU contract must be
disclosed fully and in good faith to the president of the University.
126.96.36.199 Ownership of Intellectual Property
In keeping with IU’s general policy of not claiming ownership in the scholarly works of its
faculty, educational materials produced in the normal course of IU’s educational mission will,
generally speaking, be owned by the creators of the materials. As identified below, certain
circumstances, however, may give rise to a claim of ownership or other rights by IU.
IP ownership is related to factors including:
1. Whether the author/creator was hired specifically to produce IP "work for hire";
2. Whether the author/creator engaged in a collaborative effort to produce IP (in which case IP
might be shared);
3. Whether or not the IP was created as part of sponsored research.
If a work product generates financial gain for either party, a written contract between IU and the
author/creator may stipulate how funds will be distributed (see
Distribution of Funds section and
the ultimate status of ownership. In the absence of a written contract or prior agreement, IP
rights are assumed to remain with the author/creator of the IP.
188.8.131.52.1 Author/Creator Owns IP
The following IP will generally be considered author/creator owned IP:
1. IP which is embodied in a professional-, faculty-, or researcher-authored work (see Volume
II: Definition of Intellectual Property for the definition) even though such a work may be
within the scope of employment. An exception may apply if substantial IU resources were
used consistent with Volume II: IU Owns IP section;
2. IP not created in the course of, or pursuant to, a sponsored research or other agreement,
wherein the work is developed by the author/creator under a research assistantship or
sponsored project; and/or
3. IP is developed on the personal, unpaid time of the author/creator and without substantial IU
resources as discussed in IU Owns IP section below.
184.108.40.206.2 IU Owns IP
The following IP will generally be considered IU owned IP:
1. IP created as "works-for-hire" or pursuant to a written agreement with IU providing for the
transfer of any IP or ownership to IU;
2. IP developed in the course of, or pursuant to, IU sponsored research or other IU agreement
(as determined according to the terms of such agreement); and/or
3. IP that is made or conceived utilizing the facilities, equipment, funds or other contributions
of IU to a degree that is substantially in excess of what is normally provided. By way of
example only, IU may require assignment of an ownership interest in IP in the following
a. Publication Subvention: When IU pays the full or a substantial part of the cost of
publication (including such costs as printing, editing, etc., but excluding the salary of the
primary author(s)). In such case, IU may request that a formal agreement concerning the
ownership of the copyright and the division of applicable royalties be made to ensure that
rights, responsibilities, and prospective revenues are shared equitably between the
author/creator and IU;
b. Software and Digital Resources. The development of software and other digital resources
(such as website development, video production and digital content materials) developed
for the classroom typically receives extensive support from IU and are made possible
through the use of IU resources. In this circumstance, the tangible works developed (i.e.
the website or the video production) are owned by IU, while the creator maintains
ownership of the underlying creative content of the materials. Creators of this type of
educational materials grant to IU a paid-up, royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable
license for the use, reproduction, and creation of derivative works of the underlying
creative content for IU’s purposes. The tangible educational materials owned by IU may
be used by the creator while still employed by IU. For use of these educational materials
outside IU, however, specific written permission of IU is required. To encourage the
development of technology-based educational materials, IU may, at its sole discretion,
choose not to exercise its claim to such IP. In particular, IU may not require assignment
of ownership for basic web pages or entries in a course management system that are
created and maintained without substantial assistance, and that simply provide
information (including but not limited to reading assignments, other course requirements
and links to relevant external Internet resources) specific to a faculty member’s course(s)
and/or information about or copies of publications and other professional activities of a
220.127.116.11 Use of Intellectual Property
The question of intellectual property use is a function of:
1. Ownership: who owns the IP will determine use guidelines?
2. Application: how is the IP to be used/applied?
Authors/creators of IP are entitled to choose the course of disclosure. There exists a historical
tradition allowing authors/creators to retain ownership of IP rights from published books,
textbooks, and works of art.
With the exception of IP which is considered a product of the instructor’s teaching contract with
IU or as identified in IU Owns IP section, material created for ordinary teaching use in the
classroom, online, and in department programs, such as assignments, lectures, demonstrations,
and tests, shall remain the property of the faculty author/creator, but the faculty author/creator
grants IU a paid-up, royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable license for IU to use such material
for internal instructional/educational purposes, and faculty-authored syllabi and course
descriptions as well as for documentation required by outside affiliation and accreditation
To the extent the faculty author/creator transfers any IP right of such works to a publisher;
faculty authors/creators must ensure that IU has rights to use such works for internal
instructional, educational, and administrative purposes.
18.104.22.168 Distribution of IP Funds
1. Other than the IP addressed in IU Owns IP section above, in keeping with academic tradition,
IU will not claim any ownership, interest, or share of the proceeds in IP which are used or
created for instructional purposes or as a result of scholarly activities unless otherwise
determined by specific contracts for development of such work.
2. Other than the IP addressed in IU Owns IP section above, IU will not claim ownership,
interest, or share of the proceeds in IP created while on sabbatical leave unless there was
substantial use of University resources/support/facilities as defined by contractual or other
binding written agreement between IU and author/creator.
22.214.171.124 Dispute Resolution
When a copyright or patent is assigned or licensed to IU because of the provisions of this policy,
the creator of the copyrighted material may make a request to the President of IU that ownership
be reconveyed back to the creator. Such a request can, at the sole discretion of the President and
approval of the Board of Trustees, be granted if it does not:
1. Violate any legal obligations of or to IU;
2. Limit appropriate IU uses of the materials;
3. Create a real or potential conflict of interest for the creator; or
4. Otherwise conflict with IU’s goals or principles.
126.96.36.199 Licensing and Income Sharing
1. Licensing: IU seeks the most effective means of technology transfer for public use and
benefit and, toward that end, handles the evaluation, marketing, negotiations and licensing of
IU-owned inventions or copyrightable materials with commercial potential. Computer
databases, software and firmware, and other copyrightable works owned by IU, are licensed
through the office of the President. The President must approve in advance exceptions to this
2. Royalty Distribution: Where IU elects to share royalties for IU-owned IP, the President will
allocate such royalties assigned to IU, upon approval of the Board of Trustees. If copyright
protection alone is claimed, royalties normally will be allocated in a similar manner, with the
"inventor’s share" allocated among individuals identified by the Vice President for Academic
Affairs, based on their relative contributions to the work. Where royalty distribution to
individuals would be impracticable or inequitable (for example, when the copyrightable
material has been developed as a laboratory project, or where individual royalty distribution
could distort academic priorities), the "inventor’s share" may be allocated to a research or
educational account in the laboratory where the copyrightable material was developed.
No assignment, license or other agreement may be entered into or will be considered valid with
respect to copyrighted works owned by IU except by an official specifically authorized by the
President or Board of Trustees to do so.
Problems may attend the disposition of Intellectual Property that results from activities of
Covered Individuals while engaged in the service or at the direction of a firm or institution other
than the University. the University is concerned about conflicts of interest that may arise from
such activity. (Please refer to the Immaculata University Policy Manual, Volume III, Conflict of
Interest, Outside Employment section, and Volume IV: Outside Employment and Activities.) In
addition, the University is concerned not only about the potential loss of revenue but also about
the imposition of non-compete clauses that may hinder Covered Individuals from pursuing the
University’s mission of teaching and research or prevent Covered Individuals from participating
in University-sponsored research-and-development projects.
If faculty is involved in consulting activities relating to the use of IP developed with IU
resources, any consulting agreement must be reviewed in advance by the vice president for
If a non-faculty IU employee is involved in consulting activities relating to the use of IP
developed with IU resources, any consulting agreement must be reviewed in advance by the
president of the University.
Consulting contracts cannot restrain IU-related activities, including but not limited to the
1. Non-compete clauses that may hinder faculty from pursuing IU related work; or
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2. Clauses which restrain or inordinately delay publication of IU related faculty work,
publications or IP.
188.8.131.52 Use of the IU Name in Copyright Notices
The following notice should be placed on IU-owned materials in order to protect the copyright:
Copyright © [year]. The Board of Trustees of Immaculata University. All Rights Reserved. No
other institutional or departmental name is to be used in the copyright notice, although the name
and address of the department to which readers can direct inquiries may be listed below the
copyright notice. The date in the notice should be the year in which the work is first published,
i.e. distributed to the public or any sizable audience. Additionally, works may be registered with
the United States Copyright Office using its official forms.