3.36 / Copyright
To state University policy relative to the use of copyrighted materials by
faculty and staff of the University.
The federal copyright law (Title 17, United States Code, Section 101, et seq.) protects creative works. It
is appropriate, and required, that all members of the Wichita State
University community, including faculty, staff, students and volunteers
respect the proprietary rights of owners of copyrights and refrain from
actions that constitute an infringement of copyright or other proprietary
1. All faculty and staff are expected to comply with the federal
copyright law and obtain permission for use unless the use can fairly and
reasonably be interpreted as "fair use." Faculty, staff and employees are
expected to review this policy and request further information and resources
as needed that may be utilized for purposes of determining compliance with
the federal copyright law.
2. Copyright Guidelines have been prepared by the General Counsel's
Office and can be located here
to assist members of the WSU community in complying with federal copyright
law and to enable individuals to distinguish between permitted and
prohibited uses of copyrighted materials. Members of the WSU community are
expected to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and to fully comply
with their requirements.
3. Faculty members and staff who willfully disregard this Copyright
Policy place themselves individually at risk of legal action. In such cases,
the University may refuse to defend the employee named in any litigation and
personal liability may be incurred by the employee.
4. The University copy center located in WSU Copy and Print Services
is available for copying services. All material to be copied by WSU Copy and
Print Services must be reviewed by the faculty or staff member requesting
copy services for copyright implications and the faculty or staff member
must sign the Customer Statement of the Duplication of Copyrighted Written
Works which is provided here
and in the WSU Copy and Print Services office. Material may be presented for
copying only where copying of the material can fairly and reasonably be
considered fair use or where there is a University license to copy the
material or where there is permission to copy, which shall be clearly set
forth on the material to be copied.
5. The General Counsel's Office is available for further guidance on
specific questions regarding the application of the federal copyright law to
specific factual scenarios.
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual
and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.
The General Counsel and the Vice President for Administration and Finance
shall share responsibility for publication, dissemination and
implementation of this University policy.
January 1, 2010