Copyright Protection Policy

It is the intent of the Bristol School District, governed by the Board of Education, to comply with provisions of U.S. copyright laws and guidelines in order to protect the District and its employees from litigation involving the violation of existing copyright laws and guidelines. The willful infringement of copyright laws and guidelines by any individual employee making or requestion a copy in violation of said laws and guidelines shall be the liability of the individual.

It is illegal for anyone to duplicate copyrighted materials without permission, except to the extent such duplication may fall within the bounds of Fair Use "doctrine, which addresses four criteria: "purpose and character of use...", "the nature of the copyrighted work"; the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole"; and "the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work" (Section 107, Title 17, U.S.C.).

Policy adopted: April 5, 1995
Legal Reference: Public Law 94-553; The Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and 1980 amendments.


The following resources are provided to help increase our understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and plagiarism as it affects teaching & learning.

Copyright and Fair Use

Here are some useful links to online information to help inform and guide use of copyrighted works for teaching & learning.
Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (NCTE)
Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers from Technology & Learning K-12 Copyright Laws: Primer for Teachers Copyright Issues from teacher tap
Copyright with Cyberbee by Linda Joseph
Cyberbee Copyright Intro
Copyright Links from Hal Davidson
Chilling Effects Copyright and Fair Use FAQ Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright (Library of Congress)
Brad Templeton's 10 Big Myths About Copyright
Crash Course in Copyright from University of Texas
Bound by Law (downloadable copyright comic) Copyright Law

Learn About:
Creative Commons (Educators' Portal Coming Soon!)
Copyright-Friendly Resources Wiki


Here are some useful links to online information to help understand the issue of plagiarism in schools and education. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies from VirtualSalt

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