Washington, DC, October 5, 2006: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), National Association of College Stores (NACS) and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) today announced the publication of a new edition of a popular copyright guidebook for colleges and universities. The seventh edition of “Questions & Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community” provides answers to 31 common copyright questions, as well as other information, to help colleges understand how copyright law applies to them.
The guidebook provides updated information on the use of electronic course materials and software. In recent years, many faculty members have begun posting copyrighted content on web sites and internal course management systems where they can be read, downloaded and printed by students. The guidebook makes clear that the use of such content is governed by the same legal principles and requirement for permission that apply to printed materials such as course packs. “SIIA has traditionally balanced its efforts between enforcement and education”, said Ken Wasch, president of SIIA. “We have been proactive in providing users with the tools and information necessary to protect themselves against software & content copyright liability. We continue to provide educators and administrators with the tools and materials they need to teach students about the value of intellectual property and copyright.”
“With more content now available in digital form, it is important to clarify copyright responsibilities in the digital age, and that’s what this guidebook is designed to do,” said Tracey Armstrong, chief operating officer of Copyright Clearance Center. “We hope it will encourage faculty, staff and students to do the right thing’ where copyright and digital materials are concerned.”
“The collegiate retailers that we represent have always been staunch defenders of copyrights in traditional print media,” said Brian Cartier, CEO of NACS. “This booklet thoughtfully and consistently translates that concern to the new media options brought about by rapid advances in technology in a manner that promotes the exchange of knowledge while protecting the rights of the creators of original content.”
The brochure is available in hard copy from the NACS online store, or an HTML version is publicly posted at http://www.nacs.org/public/copyright/. About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.