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K-State Intellectual Property Policy
This document describes Kansas State University's policies and associated institutional procedures for intellectual property.

Kansas Board of Regents Policy & Procedures Manual
Intellectual Property Policy from the Kansas Board of Regents.

K-State's DMCA agent
Contact information for the individual designated to receive notification of claims of copyright infringement.

Illegal File Sharing at K-State
Sharing and downloading copyrighted music, movies, and games from the Internet without proper authorization is considered piracy-a violation of federal copyright laws and K-State policy.

K-State Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy
The purpose of this policy is to articulate Kansas State University's position on the use of Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications and the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of copyrighted or licensed material.

K-State Course Syllabi Copyright Statement
These Course Syllabi statements are provided by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President. The Copyright Statement can be found under "Optional Syllabi Statements".

Showing Films at K-State
Guidelines for student organizations wanting to show films publicly on campus.

Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research
Policy setting forth K-State's position on the use of copyrighted works in education and research, meeting the requirements of the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization ("TEACH") Act of 2002's safe harbor provision.

Using Media in the Classroom
Instructors often wish to use media, such as films and music, in the classroom. This guide provides more information on using media in the classroom.


Other Resources

U.S.Copyright Office
The site where you can register your copyrights, renew copyrights, search copyright records, and learn more about copyright law.

Guide to Analyzing Any Copyright Problem Infographic 
This infographic can help you analyze any copyright problem and help guide you through an appropriate solution for your individual needs. The framework was originally created by Kevin Smith and Lisa Macklin from Duke University and has been recreated here as an infographic. 

Guide to Analyzing Any Copyright Problem 
This is the framework created by Kevin Smith and Lisa Macklin with some revisions added for the K-State community.

Creative Commons
A non-profit organization that works to increase the amount of scholarly works (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in "the commons" — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

Science Commons
A Creative Commons project "meant to lift legal and technical barriers to research and discovery".

"The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons
Molly Kleinman's presentation on copyright during Open Access Week 2010.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
This code of best practices addresses such scenarios as reserves, preservation digitization, and reproduction of materials for use by disabled users.

Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities
An excellent guide to copyright issues typically encountered in graduate research.

Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices 
This is a statement of best practices for tracking down copyright holders and the reasonable efforts necessary to do so.

The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance for Academic Institutions
A part of the Copyright Clearance Center, this guide is meant to answer a range of questions about copyright.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. - Reference Table

List of Resources for Finding Items in the Public Domain
This list is provided by the Public Domain Review, an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.