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This policy applies to all persons while conducting/performing work, teaching, research or study activity or otherwise using university resources. Scope/Applicability also includes all facilities, property, data and equipment owned, leased and/or maintained by the University or affiliates.
July 23, 2007
The University of Louisville respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects the same of the user community. Users must abide by applicable intellectual property laws and/or regulations, including but not exclusive to those pertaining to text, graphics, art, photographs, music, software, movies and games. Users must refrain from actions or access which would violate the terms of licensing and nondisclosure agreements.
REASON FOR POLICY
To inform members of the University community of responsibilities related to intellectual property.
Users must abide by U.S. Intellectual Property laws and regulations including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA), which strengthened copyright laws pertaining to digital media. Users need to understand how the DMCA applies to the activities they perform while using a university supported network or device and act in a manner that is compliant with the DMCA when engaging in such activities. Relevant aspects of the DMCA include:
Criminalizes circumvention of anti-piracy measures in most commercial software.
Makes the manufacture, sale, or distribution of code-cracking software or devices illegal when used to illegally copy software.
Provides specified exemptions from anti-circumvention provisions for nonprofit libraries, archives, and educational institutions under certain circumstances.
Creates the expectation that service providers remove material from users' websites if it appears to constitute copyright infringement.
Requires that "webcasters" pay licensing fees to record companies.
Downloading or sharing of any electronic information that violates the DMCA or any other copyright or intellectual property law or regulation must not be done.
Policy Authority/Enforcement: The University's Information Security Officer (ISO) is responsible for the development, publication, modification and oversight of these policies and standards. The ISO works in conjunction with University Leadership, Information Technology, Audit Services and others for development, monitoring and enforcement of these policies and standards.
Policy Compliance: Failure to comply with these policies and standards and/or any related information security and/or information technology policy, standard or procedure may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, services or relationship with the University and/or action in accordance with local ordinances, state or federal laws.
This policy is subject to change or termination by the University at any time. This policy SUPERSEDES all prior policies, procedures or advisories pertaining to the same subject.
This policy will be reviewed annually to determine if the policy addresses University risk exposure and is in compliance with the applicable security regulations and University direction. In the event that significant regulatory changes occur, this policy will be reviewed and updated as needed per the Policy Management process.
Approved July 23, 2007 by the Compliance Oversight Council
Shirley C Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and University Provost, Chair of the Compliance Oversight Council
1.0 / July 23, 2007/ Original Publication
1.1 / January 29, 2013 / Content Update
2.0 / March 8, 2016 / Content review and update to new template
2.0 / May 18, 2018 / Grammar and punctuation updates
Reviewed Date(s): September 24, 2014; March 8, 2016; June 12, 2017; May 18, 2018
Vice President for Risk, Audit, and Compliance
RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION
Information Security Office
The University Policy and Procedure Library is updated regularly. In order to ensure a printed copy of this document is current, please access it online at http://louisville.edu/policies.