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Policy 1
Updated: 9/26/2018
Policy 1
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  • Intellectual Property MSPAL: 1. Literary works (monographs, serials) 2. Musical works (including sheet music) 3. Dramatic works (including any accompanying music) 4. Pantomimes and choreographic works 5. Motion pictures and other audiovisual works 6. Sound recordings
  • Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL)
  • Check out for circulars and further information on copyright.
  • Major Questions and Concerns Should be Directed to...
  • Offic of General Counsel 301-405-4945
  • Division of Information Technology Project NEThics 301-405-2619
  • Office of Student Conduct 301-314-8204
  • How To Determine Ownership
  • 1. Contact copyright owner by locating their information on their website. 2. Call to establish a relationship, send a follow-up email, and sign a contract for "exclusive" permission. 3. Document and keep a record of all communications and transactions. 4. For orphan works, contact the Head Librarian to discuss a cost-benefit analysis with the Office of General Counsel.
  • How to Determine Fair Use and Public Domain
  • Section 107 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code: A work is judged against the following criteria: 1.The purpose and character of the use,
  • 2. nature of the copyrighted work, 3. amount and substantiality of the portion used; and 4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
  • Preservation Copies and Digital Surrogates
  • - Up to three copies of an unpublished work may be made for preservation and security. - If a digital copy is produced, it may not be distributed or made available off premises.
  • Don't forget that this does not apply to a “musical work, a pictorial, graphic or sculptural work, or a motion picture or other audiovisual work other than an audiovisual work dealing with news.”
  • Items already digitized: $3.00 per item after 10 requests. Items not digitized (or requests for higher resolution): $5.00 per item after 5 requests.
  • Take-Down Requests
  • Material in question may be temporarily removed during the review process. The user will be notified of the final decision in a timely manner.
  • Please Provide: 1. User’s contact information, 2. URL where the material appears, 3. Description of material, 4. Reason why user believes that their copyright has been violated (including documentation), and 5. Statement that user is acting in good faith and that they are the rights holder or authorized representative.
  • See for a comprehensive list of copyright terms (check out the section on music!).
  • Duplication Request Form
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