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Date of Last Update
4/19/2015

Approved By
  • President's Cabinet

Responsible Office
Inclusion and Equity/Office of Affirmative Action

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Digital Media Policy

PC 11.6

  1. Policy Statement
  2. Procedures

Policy Statement

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. 

Procedures

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, this includes all audio and video files.

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.

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
Associate Director, Technical Services
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
phone: (616) 331-2035

For More Information on the DMCA and other copyright issues see, www.copyright.gov