5521 – Copyright Compliance

The Grand Island Public Schools will take necessary steps to ensure that copyright material is protected. Illegal duplication of copyrighted materials in any form within the school district is prohibited. Any employee who willfully disregards this policy and the law assumes all liability and responsibility for such actions. Infringement on copyrighted material, whether prose, poetry, graphic images, music audio tape, video or computer-programmed materials, is a serious offense against federal law and contrary to the ethical standards required of staff and students. Violations may result in criminal or civil suits. Copyrighted material includes:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works
  • Dramatic works
  • Pantomime and choreographic works
  • Motion pictures and other audio visual works, and
  • Sound recordings

The Grand Island Public Schools therefore requires that all reproduction of copyrighted material be conducted strictly in accordance with applicable provisions of law. Unless otherwise allowed as fair use under federal law, permission must be acquired from the copyright owner prior to reproduction of material in any form. Fair use is not a rigidly defined term. Fair use is based on the following standards:

  • The purpose and character of the use;
  • The nature of the copyrighted work;
  • The amount of and the substantiality of the portion used;
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.

If an individual questions the legality of duplicating materials, they should seek permission from the copyright holders. 

Employees in violation of copyright law may be required to remunerate the district in the event of loss due to litigation and may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

The superintendent, or designee, will develop administrative regulations that provide guideline for the fair use of copyrighted materials that meet the requirement of Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976 and applicable amendments.


Legal References:         Pub. L. 94-533 (Oct 19, 1976) – Copyright Act of 1976

                                    Title 17, 92 chapter 1 § 107 and §


Policy Adopted 5-10-93

Policy Revised  7-14-05

Policy Revised: 08.13.2015