Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

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Copyright Policy

Copyright Policy Information

Mansfield University’s Policy of Compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Mansfield University complies with the provisions of the DMCA.  The owner or the person entitled to enforce copyright may notify MU of any violation of copyright on the MU system by sending notice in the form required by the DMCA to:

  Alan Johnson
  Director, Information Technology
  Memorial Hall 010
  Mansfield University
  Mansfield, PA 16933

Intellectual Rights

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise.  This principle applies to any original work in any tangible medium of expression.  Images displayable on computer screens, computer software, music, books, magazines, journals, photographs, and articles are among items subject to copyright.  A work need not be explicitly labeled with a copyright notice to be afforded copyright protection.

Copyright Violations

It is a violation of copyright law to copy, distribute, display, exhibit or perform copyrighted works without authority of the owner.  Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the Mansfield University academic community.

Transmission electronically includes both copying and distributing.  Such activities as downloading music or displaying photographs without written permission of the owner may be a violation.  Civil penalties can be substantial.

Notice and Takedown

Under the provisions of the DMCA, upon notification of a claimed infringement or upon actual knowledge of infringement, Mansfield University will immediately take down any infringing site on the MU network and block access to any infringing sites on other networks.

Starting Points for Further Information

Copyright Clearance Center Information for Mansfield University Faculty

Cornell University Law School
Comprehensive collection of legal resources on Copyright Law

United States Copyright Office

Copyright Topics

Copyright and Fair Use/Stanford University
Provides in depth information on Copy Right Law and the Fair Use doctrine

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States/Cornell University

Overview of the Teach Act (.pdf)
Balancing Copyright Concerns: the Teach Act 2001 by Laura Gassaway

Teach Act Toolkit
An online resource for understanding copyright and distance education

Online Tutorials

University of Texas Crash Course on Copyright


Copyright Clearance Center

Additional Help

Any concerns or questions about copyright issues contact: