5:170 Copyright

Works Made for Hire

The Superintendent shall manage the development of instructional materials and computer programs by employees during the scope of their employment in accordance with State and federal laws and School Board policies.  Whenever an employee is assigned to develop instructional materials and/or computer programs, or otherwise performs such work within the scope of his or her employment, it is assured the District shall be the owner of the copyright.

Copyright Compliance

While staff members may use appropriate supplementary materials, it is each staff member’s responsibility to abide by the District’s copyright compliance procedures and to obey the copyright laws.  The District is not responsible for any violations of the copyright laws by its staff or students.  A staff member should contact the Superintendent or designee whenever the staff member is uncertain about whether using or copying material complies with the District’s procedures or is permissible under the law, or wants assistance on when and how to obtain proper authorization.  No staff member shall, without first obtaining the permission of the Superintendent or designee, install or download any program on a District-owned computer.  At no time shall it be necessary for a District staff member to violate copyright laws in order to properly perform his or her duties.

Cross Reference: 

6:235 Access to Electronic Networks

Legal Reference(s): 

Federal Copyright Law of 1976, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.

105 ILCS 5/10-23.10.

Date Adopted: 10/25/2011