To faculty, staff and students,
The demand for digital content on the Web is increasing. While the World Wide Web provides excellent opportunities to share information, every member of the HSSU campus community must clearly understand that there are inherent risks associated with posting and consuming content that contains copyright protections. The following information is to help members of our academic community to better understand how the University’s IT Services can assist with making safe decisions about posting and consuming digital content from the World Wide Web. IT Services’ intention is to facilitate the proper and legal use of digital content that is dispersed from and consumed on campus.
IT Services recommends the following strategies for using digital content:
The HSSU Department of IT Services does its best to operate within the guidelines of the copyright and DMCA laws while still providing excellent instructional services to faculty and students. The laws continue to change, and low-risk activities from the past may become high-risk activities in the future. The point is to minimize risk associated with reproducing, disseminating and consuming digital content on the HSSU network and its computing resources. The way that instructors can quickly reduce risk associated with distributing copyrighted material for academic purposes is to simply get unambiguous permission from the content owner to use the material. Tell the owner who you are, what you want to reproduce, how much of it you want to reproduce, how and when you want to distribute the material and who your audience will be. If you cannot obtain permission to use digital content in the way you hoped, we suggest asking the content owner how you can use the material safely.