Revised 1/11/07


University members should be aware of the provisions of the United States Copyright Law and the application of these provisions to the use of software purchased or licensed from outside vendors.  This policy has been developed in an effort to increase awareness of and encourage compliance with these provisions.


Students in all courses making extensive use of copyrighted programs are to be made aware of the ethical and practical problems caused by software piracy.

The copyright law of the United States, Title 17 of the United States Code, governs copying and use of computer programs which are copyrighted.  However, the particular license agreement applicable to the software may be more restrictive than the copyright laws.  In that event, the program user must adhere to the provisions of the applicable license agreement as well as the provisions of U.S. law.

U.S. copyright law provides that it is not an infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to make or authorize the making of another copy or adaption of that program provided:

1.  That such a new copy or adaption is created as an essential step in the utilization of the computer program in                 conjunction with a

    machine and that it is used in no other manner, or

2.  That such a new copy and adaption is for archival purposes only

    and that all archival copies are destroyed in the event that continued

    possession of the computer program should cease to be rightful.

If the compliance with the above provisions is not acceptable, i.e. if the user wishes to make additional copies, the user should obtain the prior written permission of the company holding the copyright to the software to use or copy the programs in a manner other than as provided

by law or the terms of the license agreement.

The Vice President for Business Services, or his designee, is the only individual who may sign license agreements for software for the University.

Each college, school, and division in the University is responsible for establishing practices which will enforce this policy.  The following is appropriate for posting near computers and/or computer terminals:

    Computer programs may be protected by federal copyright law or

    license agreements.  Copying such programs without appropriate

    written permission is prohibited.