It is the mission of the Council Bluffs Public Library to enrich, inform, and empower the community. The Council Bluffs Public Library recognizes the rights of holders of copyright for materials and will not knowingly allow violation of the law either by staff or by the public.
The Council Bluffs Public Library complies with federal copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the intent of this law to protect the rights of copyright owners from unauthorized reproduction of their works. Copyrighted materials may include, but are not limited to, all printed matter, audio recordings, video recordings, computer software, databases and digital files that are owned by the library or downloaded from the Internet.
However, the law also recognizes the public benefit of allowing citizens to do limited copying from copyrighted works for educational purposes. Fair use permits an individual to use a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. Library patrons are responsible for their own compliance with federal copyright law and familiarity with fair use of copyrighted materials.
- The following statement will be posted at copy machines and affixed to pertinent hardware and software:
THE UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT ACT (PUBLIC LAW 94-553, UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 17) GOVERNS THE PERFORMANCE, DISTRIBUTION, AND DUPLICATION OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IN ALL FORMATS, PRINT AND NON-PRINT. THE PERSON USING LIBRARY MATERIAL, EQUIPMENT OR FACILITIES IS LIABLE FOR ANY INFRINGEMENT.
Adopted: July 19, 2000
Approved: October 15, 2003; April 16, 2014; February 22, 2017; April 20, 2020; August 16, 2023