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Use Of Copyrighted Materials   

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All district staff shall adhere to the provisions of the federal copyright law and maintain the highest ethical standards in using copyrighted materials. The district shall provide no legal support to any employee who violates the copyright law. Willful infringement of this law by students or staff may result in disciplinary action.

The Board of Education recognizes that unlawful copying of print, nonprint and software resources contributes to higher costs and decreases commercial incentives for the development of quality educational materials. In circumstances where the interpretation of the copyright law is ambiguous, the district shall determine appropriate use by referring to the license agreement and/or policy statements pertaining to copyright. Computer-related instruction for students and staff shall address the ethical and practical problems caused by software piracy.

The Superintendent or designee shall be the only individual who may sign license agreements for software for district schools. Each school using licensed software shall have a signed copy of the software agreement.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain regulations to discourage violation of all copyright laws and prevent illegal copying activities.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35182 Computer Software

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 17

Policy PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS

adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California