Copyright for Everyone
If you buy a piece of land and build a house on it, you would be outraged if people walked over your property and took over your house, making themselves at home. You would undoubtedly object if people took things from your desk or locker or book bag at school. Intellectual property is no different. Its owners -- writers, artists, scholars, musicians, and companies connected with them, such as publishers, producers, and distributors -- wish to make a profit from their labors, and the federal government, almost from its inception, has offered protection in the form of copyright, patent, and later, trademark laws. Once something is copyrighted, the author has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following: 1) to reproduce the work, 2) to prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work, 3) to distribute copies to the public by sale, rental, lease, or lending, 4) to perform the work (in case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, motion pictures and other kinds of audiovisual works, and 5) to display literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pantomimes, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, motion pictures, or other audiovisual works. Copyrighters have exclusive rights.
This law would stop much teaching and learning from occurring were it not tempered by the fair use guidelines. The guidelines were a compromise hammered out by the Congress, and agreed to by copyright holders and members of the educational profession. The compromise means that educators and students have certain special rights to the use of partial bits of protected, copyrighted materials without asking. The educational community is a special case. In order to keep these exceptions, the community must adhere to the guidelines.
Therefore, for reasons of fairness and respect for the law, the policy of the school is that copyright fair use guidelines must be adhered to by all members of the Bryn Mawr community. Computer software and leased electronic materials are covered by purchase or lease agreements, which shall be honored. Trademarks and patents are recognized as special forms of intellectual property not covered by fair use. Therefore, permission in writing must be obtained, should a trademark or patented entity be used by any member of the Bryn Mawr community.