Copyright Compliance

It is the intent of the Yarmouth School Committee that all employees and students of the Yarmouth School Department adhere to the provisions of federal copyright law. Employees and students who willfully disregard the law and the school unit’s copyright policy and administrative procedure do so at their own risk. The school unit will not extend legal and/or insurance protection to employees or students for willful violations of this policy. Such violations may also result in disciplinary action.

The Superintendent is responsible for implementing this policy and the accompanying administrative procedure. The Superintendent may develop additional administrative procedures and/or delegate specific responsibilities to building principals and others as he/she deems appropriate.

At a minimum, the following steps shall be taken in an effort to discourage violation of the copyright law in the school unit:

  1. Employees shall be informed of this policy/administrative procedure.

  2. Notices shall be posted in reasonable proximity of equipment that may be used for copying materials.

  3. Teachers and library media specialists shall be responsible for informing students about the legal, ethical and practical problems caused by copyright infringement and illegal use of materials.

Legal Reference:
Public Law 94-553
The Copyright Act of 1976
17 USC§101 et seq.

Cross Reference:

EGAD-R - Copyright Compliance Administrative Procedure

Adopted: Prior to 1982
Revised: June 8, 1992; April 23, 2000; ________