PCTI Copyright Policy

The PCTI copyright policy describes the rights and responsibilities of both students and faculty at PCTI. Copyright laws protect the expressed and personal work held within books, texts, web pages, articles, multimedia works, and musical works. As well, nearly all magazines, journals, newsletters, charts, graphs, and other printed materials are protected by the copyright law of the United States. Specific rights are granted to the creators of original works in the U.S. Copyright Act. If a person is not a copyright holder, as determined by the law, he/she must acquire copyright permission prior to reusing or reproducing the specific work. There are some exceptions in regard to academic usage. Reading or borrowing original literature or photographs from PCTI’s book collection is not against the copyright law. Copyright law provides individuals with control and management of their creations, which provides these individuals with an opportunity to benefit from the use of their works and makings. The owner of a copyright is provided with the exclusive right to do and authorize third parties with any of the following exemptions listed below:

– reproduce the copyrighted work in other printed materials or records;

– prepare unoriginal works based upon the copyrighted work;

– distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other reassignment of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

– in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, perform the copyrighted work publicly; and

– in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, display the copyrighted work publicly.

Copyright law has protection on the expression of ideas, not actual ideas, data, and facts. The duration for a copyright created after January 2st, 1978 is the creator of the work’s life plus 70 years after the author’s death, not 70 years. For more information on the copyright durations, please visit: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#hlc
PCTI faculty and students are encouraged to comply with the copyright law. Faculty and students are responsible for their determination and their understanding of the copyright law and policy. We encourage students and faculty to seek help if they have any misunderstanding of any intended use information that may lead to bad judgment decision. Student shall cite all written documents, photos, authorial works, music, articles, journals and any another non self-created material or works that have been copyrighted by another individual.

PCTI is committed to facilitating access to information through our computer and bookkeeping networks; however, students should be aware that downloading music, movies or any other file sharing item is totally prohibited. Students and faculty who are caught violating these actions will be evaluated to the full extent of the law. Also, they will be required to read and sign an agreement stating that you have removed the offending files and software from our network, and that you will no longer take part in the illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted material here at PCTI. Sharing music, videos, software, and other copyrighted material in violation of copyright laws can expose students and faculty to legal sanctions. Students must have the expressed written consent for any copyrighted material to be used and/ or utilized.

The infringement of another individual’s copyright is a violation of federal law. Individuals who violate these laws are subject to fines that range from $200 to $150,000 per infringement and/ or prison. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to criminal liability.