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Customers who are unable to abide by this policy will be asked to leave the library. Those refusing to do so will be subject
to removal by college security.
All students at FKCC are expected to have a basic understanding of copyright law and adhere to all laws regarding
Copyright, Fair Use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and to act in good faith when using copyrighted materials
to support their educational and research activities. Copyrighted material cannot be copied or distributed without
the express written approval from the authorized distributor or publisher. Unauthorized distribution (downloading
or uploading) of copyrighted material over the Internet, including peer-to-peer file sharing, is considered copyright
infringement. Copyrighted material that may not be shared without authorization includes print, recorded music (often
in the form of MP3 or MP4 files), video games, video, television shows, software, electronic data (such as electronic books
and magazines), performances, and computer software. Copyright infringement may subject a student to civil and criminal
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights
granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights
include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading
substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Students in violation of established procedures and requirements may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the
Student Handbook.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright
infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not
more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A
court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504,
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of
up to $250,000 per offense.
Please go to the copyright section on our website
for further information regarding copyright law,
or contact the Director of LRC, 305-809-3501. Also see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at
especially their FAQ’s at
I. Internet Use / Assistance
The Learning Resources Center / Library’s Internet access is intended primarily as an information resource to support
the educational and research needs of our community college students, faculty and staff. Access is granted to support
the educational, cultural, social, and community service programs of the College. We extend the privilege of access
to our community borrowers when they become a library user according to our community borrower policy. FKCC
students, faculty and staff retain first priority. FKCC Library Internet use is NOT allowed for commercial or illegal
Library staff is available to provide assistance with the use of the Library’s computers and resources. Staff may limit the
amount of time spent in assisting a user in order to provide adequate support for all other library services. Individuals
requiring additional assistance can schedule an appointment with one of our qualified staff.
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