A. Statement of General Principles
Rippa Da Kid Music fully supports US and international copyright law and requires all of our employees to fulfill our moral and legal obligations with respect to our use of the copyright protected materials of others. To that end, and in fulfillment of our commitment to protect the principles of copyright in general, employees of Rippa Da Kid Music should seek permission to use copyrighted works whenever appropriate and, when unsure whether permission is required, seek advice from the Copyright Officer identified below. Rippa Da Kid Music acknowledges that copyright infringement is a violation of the law and may impose civil and/or criminal liability on the individual infringer, as well as on the infringer’s employer. Therefore, every employee is required to comply with copyright law and adhere to this copyright policy. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
B. Goal of the Copyright Compliance Policy
The goal of this policy is meant to fulfill our obligations under copyright law and to acknowledge our respect for the rights of others. Rippa Da Kid Music provides the following rules and procedures relating to copyright compliance when using copyrighted materials both internally among coworkers and external to [Company]. It is our expectation that each employee, consultant, contractor or agent of Rippa Da Kid Music will adhere to these policies and procedures.
C. Important Information about Copyright
What is copyright?
The purpose of copyright law is to provide authors and other creators (and those who obtain rights through such persons) with an incentive to create and share creative works by granting them exclusive rights to control how their works may be used. Among the exclusive rights granted to those authors are the rights to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display a work. These rights provide copyright holders control over the use of their creations, and an ability to benefit, monetarily and otherwise, from the exploitation of their works. Copyright also protects the right to “make a derivative work,” such as a movie from a book; the right to include a piece in a collective work, such as publishing an article in a book or journal; and the rights of attribution and integrity for “authors” of certain works of visual art. If you are not the copyright holder, you must ordinarily obtain permission prior to re-using or reproducing someone else’s copyrighted work. Acknowledging the source of a work, for instance, is not a substitute for obtaining permission. However, permission generally is not necessary for actions that do not implicate the exclusive rights of the copyright holder, such as reviewing, reading or borrowing a book or photograph.
Fair use is a defense under U.S. law that may be raised by the defendant in a copyright infringement case. Fair use recognizes that certain types of use of other people’s copyright protected works do not require the copyright holder’s authorization. The fair use doctrine is codified in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. See: www.copyright.gov/title17/. Although there are no absolute rules around fair use, generally the reproduction (photocopy or digital) or use of someone else’s copyright-protected work is more likely to be found to be a fair use if it is for one of the following purposes: criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or academic research.
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