Electronic Media
Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Technology provides multiple avenues for creating, collecting and distributing information. The ease of access to this information does not preclude the responsibility of understanding the legal issues involved in intellectual property.

Copyright law protects all material unless placed in the public domain, electronic and digital media included. Owners of copyrights hold exclusive right to the reproduction and distribution of their material.

Unauthorized use and distribution of copyrighted material is illegal. Legal action against the individual as well as the university may occur.

The GVSU Library Course Reserve Department processes copyright clearance for all materials placed on library course reserve by professors. This includes both paper (traditional) and online digital access. Currently the Library pays the first $30.00 in copyright fees per item. Explanations of this process can be accessed here at Library Course Reserve Policies and Procedures for Faculty For more information on making use of this service, contact Librarian Mary Hill.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that their rights have been infringed by unauthorized use of their protected works at an online location. Copyright owners may contact the service provider to request that the infringing material be removed or access blocked. Grand Valley State University's designated DMCA agent is:

Bill Fisher
Technical Support Manager
Grand Valley State University
225 Manitou Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

phone: (616) 331-2035
fax: (616) 331-3889

For More Information on the DMCA and other copyright issues, see http://www.loc.gov/copyright

Page last modified March 9, 2011