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Loan/Copyright Policies

Loan Policy

I. Who can borrow
The Information Commons loans non-reference materials to Oklahomans.

II. Loan period

The usual checkout time is one month. The checkout time of an item can be extended if no one else is waiting to check it out. Items in high-demand may be subject to a two-week checkout period. The Information Commons reserves the right to recall an item if it is needed.

IV. Cost

There is no charge for borrowing materials. The cost of returning the item to the Information Commons is the responsibility of the borrower. In the event of a lost (or non-returned) item, the borrower is responsible for replacement costs.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

I. Other libraries in Oklahoma
Other Oklahoma libraries fall under the loan policy.

II. Libraries not in Oklahoma
Interlibrary loan requests from libraries not in Oklahoma will be considered only if the request is received via OCLC. The Information Commons charges $5.00 (through OCLC's IFM system) for loaning materials to libraries outside Oklahoma.

Copyright Policy

I. Introduction
The purpose of copyright, as stated in the Constitution, is to promote
the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to
authors and inventors exclusive right to their respective writings and
discoveries, (U.S. Constitution, Art. 1, Sec. 8).

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education adheres to the requirements of the United States Copyright Law of 1976, as amended (Title 17, United States Code), and encourages their employees to respect copyright and use intellectual property responsibly.

II. Copyright Policy
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has developed the following policy for the use of intellectual property.

1. All materials, regardless of format, purchased with Department funds for inclusion in permanent collections, whether kept in Information Commons or in individual offices or departments, will be legal copies, obtained from the rights holder or authorized agent.

2. For materials that are licensed rather than purchased, the terms of the license will be available with the material when used or circulated. Purchase orders must be clear about the intended use of videos and software so that the correct licenses are provided.

3. It is the responsibility of the individual staff member to determine whether or not a planned use falls under the Fair Use guidelines.

4. Included within the Copyright Law is the "fair use" doctrine which allows, under certain conditions, the legal use of copyrighted material. Information on fair use and guidelines are available in Information Commons.

5. The user must secure permission whenever it is legally necessary. The department has secured a license with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) . Assistance is available in requesting permission or using the services of the CCC through Information Commons.

III. Infringement
If a person uses a copyrighted work without permission of the rights holder, he or she is open to a charge of copyright infringement. A copyright owner can usually prevent infringement through a court injunction [17 U.S.C. 9502] in addition to suing for money damages. Normally, the infringer is liable to the copyright owner for the actual losses sustained because of the photocopying or use and any additional profits of the infringer [17 U.S.C. 9504(a)(1) and (b)]. Where the monetary losses are nominal, the copyright owner usually will claim statutory damages instead of the actual losses [17 U.S.C. 9504(a)(2) and (c)]. The statutory damages may reach as high as $10,000 (up to $50,000 if the infringement is willful).

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