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Copyright Policy

Kankakee Community College shall make every effort to comply with the intellectual property, copyright and fair use guidelines set forth in the Copyright Act of 1976 and its amendments, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, and any new acts or additional amendments related to copyright. As appropriate, the College will provide notification, education, or training to faculty and staff on compliance with intellectual property, copyright and fair use guidelines. (Board approved 9-8-03; section 201.06)

KCC is committed to educating its faculty, staff, and students on issues of copyright and fair use. The Copyright Act of 1976 and its amendments DMCA and TEACH dictate policy as to how institutions may use the works of others. It is Kankakee Community College's intent to comply with these intellectual property, copyright and fair use guidelines. The incorporation of copyright compliance protects the ideas and products  that Kankakee Community College's faculty, staff and students create as well as outside materials which are used for academic purposes. 

 KCC Copyright Committee, 2003- For additional information contact Karen Becker 

Did you know?

  • You can violate copyright even if you don't sell the copies you have made
  • Your own work is protected by copyright even if you don't give copyright notification and register your work with the Library of Congress
  • Posting materials to the Internet should be done only after a careful copyright analysis. The nature of the Internet - effectively publishing materials to millions  - automatically makes it a high risk proposition.
  • Be aware that e-mail is copyrighted. Web custom and usage would probably allow the forwarding of   e-mail messages to a limited number of appropriate and interested parties. Posting another's e-mail message to a large group such as a Listserv, Usenet or Facebook without permission should probably not be done.
  • If the TEACH Act requirements are met faculty are afforded the use of copyrighted materials in digital online education efforts without having to obtain prior permission from the copyright order. However, fair use guidelines must be followed
  • The TEACH Act is a compromise between the needs of academia to make free use of the copyrighted materials as an efficient and effective teaching tool, and the needs of the copyright holders to protect the value of their work.