Policy on Usage of Copyrighted Material

Copyright Notice

Any use of a computer or copier owned by the Presbytery of Genesee Valley for infringing use of copyrighted works is subject to civil remedies and criminal penalties provided by federal law.

Background Information

Copyright Law exists to “promote the progress of the useful arts”. A copyright in a particular work is a property right created by law. A copyright can be sold, donated, leased, inherited, and divided into parts. Law against wrongful use protects it. IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANYONE TO VIOLATE ANY OF THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF A COPYRIGHT OWNER.The Copyright Act describes the limitations, qualifications, and exemptions, which apply to the exclusive rights of the owner. Copying, displaying and distributing copyrighted works may infringe the owner’s copyright. The Church Guide to Copyright Law, Second Edition by Richard R. Hammer (KT CAX 002), available for borrowing from the Resource Center, can help you determine whether your use of a copyrighted work is a fair use or requires permission.

Policy Statement

The Resource Center of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley follows the copyright laws of the United States for theological reasons as well as legal reasons.We believe that we—as the body of Christ—have the responsibility to uphold the moral principle of honesty and integrity and to serve as a model in this respect to the secular community.The copyright laws protect the owner of the copyright (who is often but not always the creator of the resource) from financial loss resulting from unauthorized use.Most of the resources in the Resource Center (including but not limited to: books, curriculum, videos, and periodicals) are protected by the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 that limits public use of a resource.