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 University Libraries offer Course Reserve service which make specific readings available to students in either hard copy or electronic format. By using Course Reserve, students will not have to pay for course packs and can access the many readings for free online. Faculty will not have to handle copyright compliance and fees. For more information, contact Course Reserves staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-331-2617.
The University Libraries provide information on copyright, including Fair Use, obtaining permission, and public domain at http://www.gvsu.edu/library/copyright.
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:
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.