Board Policies
Chapter 3 - Educational Policies

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Part 1. General Statement. Copyright owners of original works, regardless of the format of the work, have exclusive rights with respect to their creations. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (system) promotes the recognition and protection of these rights, including the rights of reproduction, preparation of derivative works, distribution, and performance. The system also recognizes that reproduction and use of original works in accordance with fair use limitations can further teaching, research, and public service at its colleges and universities. Consistent with the mission of the Board and the distinct missions of system colleges and universities, the Board supports the creation and sharing of new knowledge for course development and to improve student learning, such as through creative commons licenses.

Part 2. Applicability. This policy applies to system colleges, universities, the system office and their respective employees and students, and to works in which colleges, universities or the system has a legally recognized interest.

Part 3. Definitions. The following definitions apply to this Policy and to Procedure 3.27.1 Copyright Clearance.

Subpart A. Copyright. Copyright is a form of protection granted by federal law for original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

Subpart B. Copyright Compliance. The actions of colleges, universities, the system office and their respective employees and students that ensure proposed uses of materials comply with copyright laws and do not infringe on the intellectual property rights of the copyright owners.

Subpart C. Intellectual Property Coordinator. The Intellectual Property Coordinator is the person appointed at each college, university and the system office who administers Board Policies 3.26 Intellectual Property, 3.27 Copyrights and any related procedures.

Part 4. Copyright Notice. A copyright notice shall be placed on college, university and system owned materials that will be made available to the public. The date in the notice shall be the year in which the materials are first published, i.e. distributed or made available to the public or any sizable audience.

Part 5. Copyright Registration. Prior to commercialization of works in which a college, university or the system office has an ownership interest, such works shall be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in the name(s) of the copyright owner(s).

Part 6. Copyright Compliance. Colleges, universities and the system office shall develop and implement policies, procedures, processes and practices to be in compliance with federal copyright laws.

Part 7. Intellectual Property Coordinator and Administration. The Intellectual Property Coordinator as designated in Board Policy 3.26 Intellectual Property at each college, university and the system office has the responsibility for implementation of this policy and any related procedures.

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Policy History:

Date of Adoption: 6/19/02,
Date of Implementation: 1/01/03,

Date & Subject of Revisions:

11/16/11 - Effective 1/1/12, the Board of Trustees amends all board policies to change the term "Office of the Chancellor" to "system office," and to make necessary related grammatical changes.

5/19/10 - amended to provide guidance to help system colleges, universities and their respective students and employees comply with federal copyright laws

There is no additional HISTORY for policy 3.27.