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Copyright Law and Guidelines

IRSC faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to observe the copyright law and guidelines. Federal penalties for violation are strict and pertain to the individual involved as well as the institution.

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, whereby authors obtain, for a limited time, certain exclusive rights to their works.

The copyright concept is based on the principle that the people who create things ought to have the right to control what's done with them.

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