For his legal assisting class at Acme Community College, Lance (who also serves as Acme's general counsel) wished to photocopy a large portion of a commercial legal publication for his students, rather than require that they purchase the entire book. Owing to the length of the work, he doubted that his contemplated use of the work would be a fair use under copyright law. He looked up the publisher's website and found a telephone number for the Permissions Department. After speaking to a representative there, the publisher allowed him each semester to photocopy the portion Lance wanted to use for his students. The publisher required only that Lance make only as many photocopies as there were students in the class, recite on the copies the publisher's copyright notice, and that the publisher had authorized the copies to be made. After Lance and the representative confirmed their understanding in an exchange of letters, Lance had done all he needed to do to obtain permission to use the copyrighted work--all without payment of royalties or other consideration.
According to Maricopa Community College District administrative regulation, employees are prohibited from copying materials not specifically allowed by the Copyright law, fair use guidelines, licenses or contractual agreements, or other permission. The Governing Board disapproves of unauthorized duplication in any form. Employees who willfully disregard this policy or the Copyright Guidelines of the Maricopa Community Colleges do so at their own risk and assume all liability for their actions.
Additionally, according to Maricopa's Computing Resource Standards administrative regulation, it is prohibited conduct to use software, graphics, photographs, or any other tangible form of expression that would violate or infringe any copyright or similar legally-recognized protection of intellectual property rights.
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