The college as a provider of access to web and internet services is required to have a copyright policy that indicates its compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In so doing the College qualifies for the DMCA Safe Harbor provisions which protect the college from liability if faculty, staff or students commit copyright infringement while on the college network or equipment. A copyright policy indicating compliance with the DMCA is also one of the necessary preconditions for the College to allow its faculty and staff to take advantage of the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance and a framework for administration, faculty, staff and students in creating, licensing and making use of copyrighted materials. This Copyright Policy must function harmoniously with the Computer Use Statement Policy, the Commons policy and the Web Presence and Publishing Policy.
Academic copyrighted content: learning objects of any kind, regardless of granularity and regardless of whether they are intended for or used in courses.
Copyrighted content: a work of original authorship that is fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
Administrative copyrighted content: copyrighted content published in college publications or made available on college or college-affiliated web sites -- which is created incidentally to the functions of the college. Administrative content does not include personal expression or materials created or used for teaching, learning or research.
Takedown request: any request received by the College Copyright Officer in writing or by email from an owner of copyrighted work or their designated agent claiming there is reason to believe their copyrighted content is being infringed upon.
This copyright policy is intended to support and promote the college’s academic mission by fostering the open and free exchange of information and opinions. It is informed by the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors:
“Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free expression.”
The Vice President for Information Technology Services is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office as the College’s Copyright Officer. The Vice President or their designee has the authority and responsibility to enforce this policy, originate and promulgate procedures and develop training materials and documents to support compliance with this policy.
Empire State College faculty, staff and students must comply with all provisions of United States Copyright Law. Empire State College faculty, staff and students living and working in other countries must also comply with the copyright laws of those countries but shall not violate U.S. copyright law even if local law permits it. Empire State College faculty, staff and students shall be familiar with copyright topics including Fair Use, which are posted on the College’s Copyright Information Resource Center web page.
Empire State College is compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Takedown requests should be routed to the College’s Copyright Officer, whose identification and contact information are provided on the College’s Reporting Copyright Infringement page.The College’s Copyright Officer will follow the takedown procedure outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – US Copyright Law, Chapter 5, section 512(c)(3). The College’s Copyright Officer will notify the individual responsible for the content that the takedown has taken place, and inform them of their rights regarding counter-notice and putback procedures, which are outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – US Copyright Law, Chapter 5, section 512(g). For more information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s requirements and DMCA takedown proceedings, refer to the DMCA page of the College’s Copyright Information Web Site.
Empire State College is compliant with all institutional requirements of the TEACH Act. Faculty and Staff are required to comply with all restrictions and requirements set forth in The TEACH Act – US Copyright Law, Chapter 1, section 110(2) - and within these restrictions and requirements faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of its allowances. Faculty, staff and students are to avail themselves of copyright informational and educational resources provided for them.
As stated in The State University of New York Policies of the Board of Trustees, “generally the members of the staff of the university shall retain all rights to copyright and publish written works produced by them. However, in cases where persons are employed or directed within the scope of their employment to produce specific work subject to copyright, the university shall have the right to publish such work without copyright or to copyright it in its own name. The copyright will also be subject to any contractual arrangements by the university for work in the course of which the writing was done. Staff members will be expected not to allow the privilege to write and retain the right to their work to interfere with their university duties. In those cases where an author desires the help of university facilities, arrangements should be made through the administrative staff of the author’s institution in advance with respect to the assistance which may be appropriately given and the equity of the university in the finished work.”
The Vice President of the College’s Office of Community and Government Relations is empowered to grant licenses for the use of non-academic content that is the intellectual property of the College. Decisions regarding the licensing of College intellectual property shall be made in consultation with key stakeholders and take into consideration applicable laws, regulations and policies of SUNY and the college.
All copyrighted content created by students for their courses or studies is the intellectual property of the students who create it and neither the instructor, the course developer nor the college has any claim to it.
Faculty, staff and students may license their own copyrighted content under Creative Commons licenses. Faculty and staff may request permission in writing from their supervisor to release particular works for hire under Creative Commons licenses. For more information about types of open content, what uses may be made of open content under what conditions, and how one can license one’s own work as open content (i.e., with a Creative Commons license) see the Open Content page of the College’s Copyright Information Web Site.
US Code Title 17 - Copyright - http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
Regulations of the State University of New York Board of Trustees - Title J - Patents, Inventions and Copyright Policy - http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=88
ESC Copyright Information Resource Center - www.esc.edu/library/copyright/
Reporting Copyright Infringement - www.esc.edu/its/technology-policies/reporting-copyright-infringement/
TEACH Act Compliance – www.ala.org/advocacy/copyright/teachact/distanceeducation
Licensing a work under the Creative Commons – www.creativecommons.org/licenses