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"Safe Harbor" for University Copyright issues

Safe Harbor is a proactive "good faith" argument that the university can use if it is ever sued for copyright infringement.  It's not a silver bullet, but it shows that the University is at least taking steps to remain aware of and confront copyright issues.

There are four steps to establishing Safe Harbor for copyright: 

  • Have a copyright agent on file at the U.S. Copyright Office,
  • On the university home page, provide an e-mail link to which a possible copyright infraction could be reported (see the footer of CSUDH's home page.  The copyright link goes to Marion Smith who is the University's copyright agent)
  • Train constituents
  • Have a copyright policy posted on the university Web site.
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