Copyright Policy & Intellectual Property Statement

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The Public Law Library of King County will place a notice of copyright ownership on its original works of authorship, including works created by Public Law Library employees within the scope of their employment. The notice will include a statement that grants permission for copying of these materials by other parties for educational purposes without prior permission from the Public Law Library. Authorship must be attributed to the Public Law Library of King County.

Unsupervised Copying By Patrons:

A. Copying Equipment

Copying equipment is made available to patrons for their copying needs. The Public Law Library has prominently posted on all copying equipment the following notice:

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (title17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

B. Computer Disks

When a publisher provides a computer disk, the disk may be signed out. The Public Law Library will attach copyright labels to all computer disk packages to notify users that the United States copyright laws govern any reproduction of the disk contents. The warning shall consist of the following language:

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in law, nonprofit libraries are authorized to lend, lease, or rent copies of computer programs to patrons on a nonprofit basis and for nonprofit purposes. Any person who makes an unauthorized copy or adaptation of the computer program, or redistributes the loan copy, or publicly performs or displays the computer program, except as permitted by title 17 of the United States Code, may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to fulfill a loan request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would lead to violation of the copyright law.

Document Delivery Services:

The Public Law Library collection is open to the public. As an enhanced service, subscribers may request a copy that the Public Law Library will provide at the costs incurred, without purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage. Each copy will include a notice of copyright. An authorized representative for each account is required to sign a Copyright Compliance form that is kept on file with the Public Law Library. The language on the form consists of the following:

NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

When a request is made, the Public Law Library staff will check to verify that such a form has been signed and filed with the Public Law Library. If the form is on file, the requestor will be reminded that they have signed the form. If they need to review this form, a copy will be faxed to them. If they do not have a form on file, one will be faxed to them. The Copyright Compliance form must be signed and faxed back to the Public Law Library before the request will be processed. Each subsequent time an order is placed, the staff member will remind the requestor of the form and their agreement to abide by it.

The Public Law Library will observe the following guidelines when responding to a request from a subscriber. No more than one article or contribution from an issue or collected work will be copied per request. Multiple copies of the same material for related subscribers will not be made and no title will be systematically reproduced for a subscriber. All copies will become the property of the subscriber and copies used for faxing purposes will be destroyed. Each document within an order will include the notice of copyright provided by the publisher or, when such notice can not be located in the publication, will be individually stamped with a notice of copyright. The Public Law Library reserves the right to deny a request to copy which, in its judgment, exceeds fair use as defined in title 17 United States Code § 107.

Preservation/Replacement Copying:

All Public Law Library copying for purposes of collection preservation or replacement of previously purchased materials will comply with the statutory requirements of 17 United States Code § 108, including a diligent search for a replacement at a fair price.

Adopted 03/17/1999
Revised 06/13/2011