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Copyright Enforcement Policy

The International Baptist Theological Seminary (hereafter IBTS) respects the rights of copyright holders. Library and educational services provided by the Seminary are delivered in accordance with current copyright legislation of the Czech Republic, the European Union and international treaties.

Faculty and staff monitor developments in copyright legislation, especially as it pertains to research and education and to information in electronic form, and assess terms of database licences before deciding to purchase any product. They ensure that the terms are known to members of the seminary community, by the means indicated below.

  • Printed information on copyright made available at the scanners and photocopying machines
  • Information on licence terms for electronic products posted together with the product
  • Copyright guidance made available on the institution's web site
  • Copyright issues included in instruction sessions for incoming students

Reproduction of protected information is permitted only if such reproduction is (1) in compliance with use or permission guidelines as defined by copyright laws; (2) a fair use; or (3) based on express permission given by the copyright owner.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular instance is fair use, four factors will be considered:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. (USC Title 17, Chapter 1, ยง107)

Staff and students of IBTS are required to act within the terms of copyright laws and licences when using the seminary's systems, equipment or storage media. Users of the seminary network who are found to intentionally or repeatedly violate the copyright rights of others will be subject to discipline, with the possibility of being denied access to IBTS computing facilities, or even being removed from IBTS programmes.

May 2007

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