• Copyright Information

    The following is  updated information regarding the recent Board of Education approval of policy #8350, Use of Copyrighted Materials, which was approved April 4, 2006. The intent of this policy is to ensure that the employees of the Pioneer Central School District abide by the provisions of United States Copyright Law. It is also worth highlighting that educators are an example of ethical behavior to the students of the Pioneer Central School District.

    A few of the areas to highlight for staff at this time would be the following:

    Rented and Purchased tapes and DVDs - A teacher may show a rented or purchased DVD or Tape as long as it applies to their instructional needs (and this is indicated by alignment to standards in their curriculum map) and it is used in "face to face" instruction and the showing occurs in a classroom or instructional place, and only teachers and students in the class view the showing. It cannot be used as a reward or enrichment. - please note - the item must have been previewed for appropriate content prior to the viewing and if rented, the viewing mut abide by the rental agreement.

    Radio of Television Program - A teacher may record a program and use this for instructional purposes once, and again for reinforcement, within 10 school days of the broadcast. From the 11th day through the 45th calendar day it can only be used as an evaluation tool. After the 45th day it must be erased.

    Computer Software- A teacher cannot copy computer software without the express permission of the copyright holder.  This written document must be given to the school Library Media Specialist.

    Print - A teacher may copy a single chapter from a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a short story, short essay, or short poem, or a single chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper may be made for personal or research use , or for use in teaching a class. You may make one copy for every student in a class ( a poem if it is under 250 words, a whole article, story or essay if it is less than 2,500 words) without making any extras.

    Music - A teacher may make an emergency copy of music for an immediate performance, provided replacement copies have been ordered. A copy of an excerpt may be made as long as it doesn't exceed 10% of a work. You may make a single recording of a copyrighted performance for students for evaluation purposes only - but only one copy. Students may copy up to 30 seconds of a popular song for a presentation.


    There are many more highlights which will be distributed after I meet with the LMC Specialists in every building in May. These highlights were taken from a brochure created by Cattaraugus Allegheny Library System which took them from the book Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide, 4th Edition, by Carol Simpson, Linworth Publishing, 2005.

    Here is an easy to read grid :

    Copyright Grid