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    The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries
    (United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8)

    What is Copyright?

    Copyright is the protection of “original works of authorship” provided to creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. It is codified in federal law as Title 17 of the United States Code. In short, copyright law defines what is copyright-able, how copyrighted works may be used, and the penalties for failure to comply with applicable copyright law. For more information on copyright, visit the United States Copyright Office on the web. Recent changes to federal copyright law have become very important to faculty, staff and students attending or working in institutions of higher education.

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    In 1998 Congress amended Title 17 of the United States Code through the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA implements two treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The DMCA seeks to further protect copyrights in the digital age by criminalizing the circumvention of anti-piracy measures built into software and other digital technology. At the same time, the act also provides limitations and exemptions to institutions of higher education and libraries.

    Technology, Education and Copyright Act

    In 2002 Congress amended Title 17 of the United States Code through the passage of the Technology, Education and Copyright Act (TEACH). TEACH expands the rights of educators that teach in a digital environment to more equally match the rights they would have when teaching in a traditional classroom. It clarifies what uses of copyrighted works are permissible when used in online learning environments. It is important to note that the TEACH Act does not supersede fair use or existing digital license agreements.

    Copyright at Lewis and Clark Community College

    L&C strives for the highest standards in legal compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Both the Student Code of Conduct and the Technology Acceptable Use Policy specifically prohibit conduct that is counter to current copyright law.