Copyright in the Digital Age

Intellectual property is the lifeblood of a university, and all members of the university community should respect the work of others inside and outside the academy. University of Hawaii Executive Policy E2.210: "Use and Management of Information Technology Resources" requires University students, faculty and staff to comply with U.S. Copyright Laws (exerpt from Section II. Context):

"This policy creates the basis for such an environment by outlining the
philosophy and general principles for appropriate use and management of
information technology resources by University faculty, staff and students.
It applies to all computing, information and network systems and services
owned or administered by the University of Hawai‘i, as well as to individual
activities that take place over the Internet or other external network connections
using University systems, connections or user accounts.

Appropriate use of technological resources is framed by the same legal and
ethical considerations as are applicable to other public resources. Access to UH
networks and computer systems is a privilege granted subject to existing University
policies (e.g., the Student Conduct Code) as well as all applicable local, state,
and federal laws (e.g., copyright law, child pornography prohibitions, computer
crime statutes)."

For example, software may not be duplicated or installed except in strict accordance with applicable licensing agreements. And University servers and networks may not be used to house or distribute unauthorized software, music, video or other information content.

As required by Federal Regulation (EDUCAUSE Analysis of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008), the University is required to investigate all reports of copyright infringement.  Information about the University's process for managing reported copyright infringement activities can be found at:

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998), notifications of claimed infringement using University of Hawaii services should be filed with:

Director of Information Technology
University of Hawaii
2532 Correa Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822
ATTN: Garret Yoshimi
Tel: 808-956-3501
Fax: 808-956-5025

Because copyright compliance in the digital age is complex, especially in an educational institution, the following resources are suggested for further information.

United States Copyright Office
-- Official site, including the law, summaries, and federal activities in progress
Copyright and Fair Use Resources -- Pointers to numerous useful resources, from the Stanford University Libraries
Crash Course in Copyright -- from the University of Texas System


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Article ID: 1427
Created: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:16am
Modified: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 7:57am