19.15 / Software Copying

  1. Policy

    Wichita State University endorses the Software Copying Policy developed by Educause, a nonprofit consortium of over 450 colleges and universities as follows:

    "Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to work of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.

    Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community."

  2. Background

    Some related background as provided by Educause relative to software copying are:

    • Unauthorized copying of software is illegal. Copyright law protects software authors and publishers, just as patent law protects inventors. Persons possessing illegal copies of software may be subject to legal action by the publisher.

    • Unauthorized copying of software by individuals can harm the entire academic community. If unauthorized copying proliferates on campus, the institution may incur a legal liability.

    • Unauthorized copying of software can deprive developers of a fair return for their work, increase prices, reduce the level of future support and enhancement, and inhibit the development of new software products.