What is a Copyright Policy or Copyright Guidelines?

A copyright compliance policy or copyright guidelines can have many purposes. Purposes include:

  • providing information to help determine who owns works created during employment
  • explaining the terms and conditions in licenses for using digital content
  • establishing a procedure for clearing permissions in copyright-protected works
  • providing guidelines on interpreting fair dealing

One way to explain the role of a copyright compliance policy or copyright guidelines is as a summary of copyright management procedures for your organization or institution. Depending on the contents of the policy or guidelines, it can also be an educational tool and serve as reference material on copyright issues relevant to your organization or institution. Another important role of a copyright compliance policy or guidelines is to provide a single, consistent approach to copyright issues.

Although it may initially be read cover-to-cover, a copyright compliance policy or guidelines is more likely to be consulted on an as-needed basis, so a strong index and/or search tool is recommended to ensure its effectiveness. A policy or guidelines should always be “live” and be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect changes in copyright law, technology, organizational policies, and the way in which you use copyright-protected materials in your organization.

What is the purpose of your Copyright Policy or Guidelines?

Do you have a Copyright Compliance Policy or Guidelines? Does it stay true to your purpose(s)? Or are you now articulating your purposes so that you can develop a Policy or Guidelines? Need assistance developing a copyright policy or guidelines? Click here.

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