17 United States Code 201;
NWCCU 2010 Standards 2.A.24 and 2.A.29
RCC complies with all laws relating to copyright materials. Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. This includes unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. Copyright infringement may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities. They may be ordered to pay actual damages or “statutory” damages of not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court also can assess costs and attorneys’ fees. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, visit www.copyright.gov.
RCC librarians are available to help with copyright issues. Librarians may assist in obtaining copyright permissions and in locating materials in databases that may be used without the need to get copyright permission.
Rescinds Procedure Number: AP-007
Approved: June 4, 2019