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KUMC Copyright Policy and Guidelines


The purpose of this policy is to assure that the intellectual property rights of the creators of original works are protected and to protect the University, its employees, and its students from sanctions and penalties occasioned by copyright violations.

Applies to: 

Resources covered

All created content covered by the Copyright Act irrespective of format (print, electronic, other), including (but not limited to) books, articles, drama, verse, movies, videos, audio, games, and all other covered content.

Groups covered

KUMC faculty, staff, and students.

Medical Center, Kansas City
Policy Statement: 

The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) requires its faculty, staff, and students to comply with the United States Copyright Act. Faculty, students and staff shall download, possess, or store only lawfully acquired copyrighted materials and use, adapt, distribute, or perform them only in ways consistent with the Copyright act, associated case law, the Fair Use principle, and the intellectual property rights of others.

The Dykes Library provides assistance to KUMC faculty and staff in understanding, interpreting, and complying with the copyright law. See The University of Kansas Medical Center Copyright Compliance web site for additional information.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

This policy applies to everyone at all campuses and sites of the University of Kansas Medical Center. There are no exemptions.


Violations of the Copyright Act may lead to (depending on the circumstances and severity):

  • Loss of computing privileges.
  • Accountability for conduct under any applicable University or campus policies, procedures, or collective bargaining agreements, including disciplinary action.
  • Prosecution under applicable statutes.

To report a possible copyright or intellectual property violation, contact:

Chief Information Officer
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas 66160
(913) 588-1698

[Agent designation under Digital Millennium Copyright Act is at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/onlinesp/agents/ukmc.pdf]

Approved by: 
Chief Information Officer, KUMC
Approved on: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Effective on: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

Copyright Act: the U. S. Copyright Law of 1976, as amended (Title 17, United States Code)

Fair Use: the use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, research or parody. The circumstances under which “fair use” may be asserted for teaching, scholarship, or research are limited.

Review, Approval & Change History: 

2015-11-20: Technical edits.

2015-10-21: Technical edit.

2014-03-03: Moved into KU Policy Library.


Academic Categories: 
Intellectual Property
Information Access & Technology Categories: 
Information Technology

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