240.050 – COMPUTER SOFTWARE DUPLICATION

Date Revised: April 2008

POLICY
A copyright holder retains certain exclusive rights, including the right to make and distribute copies. The copyright law states that it is illegal to make or distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization. The only exception is the user’s right to make a backup copy for archival purposes if not already provided by the manufacturer. The organization prohibits the illegal duplication of software.

PROCEDURE
The organization licenses the use of computer software from a variety of outside companies. The organization does not own this software or its related documentation and, unless authorized by the software manufacturer, does not have the right to reproduce it. Individuals may use the software only in accordance with the related license agreement. Anyone learning of any misuse of software or related documentation within the organization is to notify the President or Vice President of Academic Affairs.

According to U.S. Copyright Law, unauthorized duplication of software can be subject to civil damages and criminal penalties.

REPORTING
Within 24 hours of an incident, please complete Maine Media’s online incident report. Please be detailed and thorough. It is important that the names of all persons present be listed.