Luther College "strive(s) to be a community where students, faculty, and staff are enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning." The free exchange of ideas, information, and knowledge is a cornerstone upon which our society is built, and Luther is committed to supporting copyright of intellectual property as a means to enable the ongoing sharing of ideas, information and knowledge. We support, encourage, and empower our community to make their creative and intellectual work available to the world through open access to foster collaboration and knowledge-building. As a community, we also work to respect the intellectual property ownership rights of others as we teach and learn. Luther is committed to informing our community members of their rights and responsibilities under United States Copyright Law, and providing the tools to allow our faculty, students, and staff to make educated decisions regarding their license and use of copyrighted works.
This policy outlines Luther Colleges commitment to adhering to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code).
This policy applies to all members of the Luther community, including faculty, students, staff, and any individuals using intellectual property owned by Luther College, or using Luther-owned equipment for the creation or duplication of copyrighted materials.
Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of original creative works (published and unpublished), including literary, musical, dramatic, artistic and other intellectual products. The copyright holder, who may or may not be the creator, possesses the exclusive right to authorize reproduction of a work; distribute copies of the work; prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work; and publicly perform or display the work. Violating the rights of copyright holders, or directing others to do so, is illegal.
The Office of the Executive Director of Library and Information Services is responsible for maintaining records relating to copyright for Luther College. Historical records will be filed with the College Archives.