Library

Preus Library
700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101

Spring Term Hours
Sun.: Noon – Midnight
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Fri.: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Full Hours

library@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1166

For Students

The process of research and the creation of scholarship often involves building upon the intellectual and creative works of others. Luther College Honor Code and US Copyright law set criteria for proper citation and reuse of intellectual property in the creation of a new academic, scholarly, or creative work. It is important to consider both sets of regulations when writing, performing, creating, and displaying the products of your work at Luther and beyond.

  • Citing your sources is not a part of copyright.¬†While academic honesty requires that you cite and attribute the work of others, copyright law is concerned with¬†how¬†a protected work is being used.
  • Works do not have to display a copyright notice in order to be copyrighted.¬†The length of copyright protection is based on when a work was published and if or how it was published.
  • Fair use is your friend!¬†Fortunately, in an educational setting, many of the ways you will be using and building upon the work of others falls under the category of¬†fair use, which exists to allow criticism, analysis, parody, and commentary on copyrighted works. But you should not assume all uses are fair uses, especially if you plan to share your work with an audience beyond Luther, such as posting it on Facebook or uploading a video to YouTube.
  • You can ask copyright holders for permission.¬†In cases where additional rights beyond fair use are required, users should contact the copyright holders for permissions. In many cases permissions may be granted at little or no cost for educational projects.
  • You are a copyright holder!¬†You own the copyright in your own intellectual and creative work, including papers, presentations, musical compositions, and artwork. If you decide to publish, share, present, or display your works, consider your rights as an author, creator, or researcher. If you want your ideas to spread more freely and reach a wider audience, consider¬†alternative publishing models¬†and licensing options.
  • Some information sharing activity is illegal on Luther’s data networks: See below for more information.

All use of data networks at Luther College is subject to College policy as well as federal, state and local laws. This includes all copyright provisions. Users of Luther’s data networks affirm that their transmission of all copyrighted material is done so legally and with all licenses secured. Claimed acts of copyright infringement by members of the Luther community can result in loss of privileges to access Luther data networks.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy

Peer-to-peer file sharing is a popular, efficient, and legal way to share files for which you have legal license to distribute or receive via computer networks. There are many software clients that enable file sharing operating on networks such as BitTorrent, Gnutella, OpenNap, and Loafy. Luther does not expressly prohibit or prevent file sharing on our networks provided users have legal license to share the files they are sharing.

Receiving or transmitting files for which you do not have legal license to distribute is not permitted under Luther’s network use policies and is in many cases an illegal act punishable under criminal and/or civil law. Luther will contact any user found to be violating this policy with information regarding the claimed infringement. Failure to respond to and address the claimed infringement notice and associated activity may result in loss of network privileges and referral to the campus judicial system.

There are a number of issues that Luther community members need to consider when it comes to file sharing activity:

  • All users of Luther’s network resources are legally responsible for their own actions. Luther as an institution cannot and will not provide legal protection for online activities, and we will cooperate with any lawful legal action directed at users of our network.
  • Luther does not currently have any active processes to monitor the legality of traffic on our network. We believe users should be responsible for their actions and that it is not Luther’s responsibility to police compliance.
  • Luther does not block any protocols on our network outright, though we do shape and limit bandwidth to individual users to ensure a positive network experience for all. There are legal and legitimate reasons to use peer-to-peer file sharing protocols, and we don’t believe it right to block certain types of traffic because they might be used illegally.
  • People (and computers) are watching what you do online. If you are sharing files for which you do not own legal license to distribute, you run a good risk of being identified by copyright holders. If we are notified of fraudulent acts committed on our network, we can (and will) track who was responsible for the activity and hold them accountable for that activity.
  • Any community member that installs wireless access points on the Luther network under their name is responsible for all activity that occurs on that access point. This includes anonymous use by others of your access point. Luther does not support the use of individual wireless access points on our network. In cases where file sharing occurs over open access points, we have and will continue to pursue punitive measures against the owner and manager of the wireless access point.

Luther encourages users who choose to acquire digital media to use legal and licensed services such as:

Additional services can be found at EDUCAUSE which maintains a list of legal downloading services.

For additional questions on Luther’s file sharing policies, please contact Paul Mattson, (mattpa01@luther.edu) Executive Director of Library and Information Services. For more information on your legal rights and responsibilities, please contact your legal advisor.

Library

Preus Library
700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101

Spring Term Hours
Sun.: Noon – Midnight
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Fri.: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Full Hours

library@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1166