Elmira College complies with the United States Copyright Act of 1976 as amended, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002. These laws recognize that all intellectual works in all media (books, articles, programs, data, pictures, music, video and the like) are automatically covered by copyright unless it is explicitly noted to the contrary, as in the case of licensing agreements or written permissions from copyright holders. Fair Use is a legal principle that provides certain limitations on the exclusive right of copyright holders, allowing reproduction of copyrighted works under certain conditions for educational purposes, such as criticism, comment, news reports, teaching, scholarship, and research. Unauthorized use of intellectual works is a federal crime and subject to civil damages and criminal penalties, which may include fines and imprisonment.
Elmira College administrators, faculty, staff, and students who make, acquire, or use unauthorized copies of intellectual works shall be disciplined as appropriate under the circumstances. Such discipline may include termination or dismissal. Elmira College faculty, administrators, staff, and students learning of any misuses of intellectual works within the College should notify College officials.
For additional information about copyright guidelines, see the Copyright tab on the Services for Faculty & Instructors page.