Copyright Use

Copyright © 2018 Jackson State Community College. This website is owned and operated by Jackson State Community College. All documents, graphics, images, information, trademarks, service marks, and trade names displayed on this site are proprietary to Jackson State Community College, except as explicitly noted.


Personal web pages of Jackson State students, faculty, staff, and clubs do not in any way constitute 'official' Jackson State content. The views and opinions expressed in individual 'unofficial' sites are strictly those of the page author. The contents have not been reviewed or approved by Jackson State. If you feel an 'unofficial' page contains obscene or offensive material, or incorrect data please contact the campus webmaster via the Contact Us form.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance

In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Jackson State Community College has appointed Scott Cohen, Director of Library Services, as the College's agent to receive notification of claimed infringement from a copyright owner. The Act requires the complainant to include certain information in a complaint. Send any such allegations to:

Digital Millennium Copyright Agent
Attention: Scott Cohen, Copyright Agent
Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38305
PH: (731) 425-2615
FAX: (731) 425-2625

In notifying us of alleged copyright infringement, please be sure to include the following information:

  • a description of the copyrighted work that is the subject of the claimed infringement (if multiple works are being infringed at a single site, a representative list of such works at that site is adequate);
  • a description of the infringing material and information sufficient to permit Jackson State Community College to locate the material;
  • contact information for you, including your address, telephone number, and/or email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, or its agent, or the law;
  • a statement by you, signed under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you have the authority to enforce the copyrights that are claimed to be infringed; and
  • a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf.

Failure to include all of the above-listed information may result in a delay of the processing of your complaint. Jackson State Community College will terminate the online privileges of users who infringe the copyright of others.

Additional copyright information is available from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Basic Copyright Information

Copyright is a very important issue. This page is designed to keep the JSCC faculty, students and staff aware of copyright and its effect on Jackson State Community College.

There are penalties for infringement of copyright. It is important that all JSCC students, faculty and staff understand the basics of copyright.

Copyright provides protection to those who create materials in various media.

The US Copyright Office on Copyright

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  • To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
  • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and
  • In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

From: U.S. Copyright Office. Circular 1 "Copyright Basics" September, 2000. 20 July, 2004 ( 20 July, 2004.

Fair Use

Though materials are copyrighted, there are instances when these materials can be used without getting permission from the copyright holder. This is known as the doctrine of "fair use"

Here is a very useful link to information about fair use in the classroom and for online courses.

Information on Fair Use

There have been several copyright acts that relate to faculty and students since 1976. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 has a lot to say about violation of copyright.

The Act prohibits circumvention of any technology used by a copyright owner to limit access to a copyrighted work.

The TEACH Act ("Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act) has recently given more leeway for faculty to use copyrighted material in their online courses. Enacted in 2002, the law allows virtual use of the same materials that are allowed in physical classrooms.

JSCC and Copyright

Jackson State Community College Policy on Patents and Copyrights Preamble

JSCC, in an effort to remain consistent with the policies established by the Tennessee Board of Regents regarding copyright and patents and intellectual property, and in accordance with all Federal laws, has a committee to adjudicate and recommend ownership of employee creations

A standing committee, The Advisory Committee on Patents and Copyrights at JSCC, serves to provide the Vice-President of Academic Affairs with suggestions concerning the establishment of ownership for intellectual property created by employees.

Furthermore, employees of JSCC who willfully disregard intellectual property rights and responsibilities as outlined in the various employee handbooks, do so at their own risk and assume all liability.

All employee patents and copyrights should be disclosed to JSCC for the purpose of establishing ownership. The Advisory Committee will recommend partial, full institutional or full individual ownership.

Employee creations that are disclosed in a timely manner will go to the Advisory Committee on Patents and Copyrights for recommendations. These employee creations that are discovered by JSCC and have not been disclosed will go to the JSCC Disclosure Committee for a decision/recommendation.

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