LBWCC Copyrighted Materials and Higher Education Opportunity Act Copyright Compliance Information
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College respects the intellectual property rights of others seriously and expects students, faculty, and staff to do so as well. It is the responsibility of all members of the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College to make a good faith determination that their use of copyrighted materials complies with the United States Copyright Law.
Proper use of copyright materials also extends to electronic resources available on the internet. Anyone using LBWCC computing and network resources consents to the IT Acceptable Use Policy. The policy outlines the responsible use of all LBWCC computing and network resources. It states users are expected to abide by guidelines, including: "respecting the public trust through which they have been provided, the rights and privacy of others, the integrity of the facilities, and pertinent laws, college policies and standards and to limit their use of information resources to the educational purposes and legitimate business of the College”. Making unauthorized copies of licensed software or copyrighted material is prohibited. Persons who violate the IT Acceptable Use Policy, as well as other policies regarding the use of copyrighted materials, may be subject to suspension or revocation of utilization privileges, administrative discipline, or immediate termination/dismissal of the violator’s relationship with Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, and could lead to criminal and civil prosecution.
Penalties for Copyright Violations:
Under federal law, a person found to have infringed upon a copyrighted work may be liable for actual damages and lost profits attributable to the infringement, and statutory damages from $200 up to $150,000. The copyright owner also has the right to permanently enjoin an infringer from further infringing activities, and the infringing copies and equipment used in the infringement can be impounded and destroyed. If a copyright owner hired an attorney to enforce his or her rights, the infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees as well as court costs. Finally, criminal penalties may also be assessed against the infringer and could include jail time depending upon the nature of the violation.
Students are also responsible for observing the policies, rules, and regulations of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. Failure to show respect for duly established laws or regulations will be handled by the Dean of Student Affairs in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.