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Copyright Compliance for Users of UNCG Technology

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • (formerly Computer Software Licensing/Copyright Adherence)
  • (Approved by the Chancellor, August 24, 1989)
  • (Revisions approved by the Chancellor: January 2005)
  • (Approved by the Chancellor, May 15, 2010)


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (hereinafter "University") promotes the responsible and ethical adherence to intellectual property rights. This policy seeks to promote this goal.


All students, faculty, staff, and authorized affiliates of the University are expected to comply with United States copyright laws. These laws apply to copyright-protected materials regardless of whether they are reproduced in digital, electronic, print, or other form. Copyright ownership by members of the University community is addressed in the Copyright Ownership and Use Policy.

Policy Statement

All users of University technology resources must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Acceptable Use of Computing and Electronic Resources Policy. Unauthorized replication, installation, or distribution of copyright protected material is prohibited. Users who download software that is not covered by an existing license may be held personally liable for any legal claims or litigation that should ensue due to the illegal use of such software.

Those users who wish to rely upon the "fair use" exception as an alternative to obtaining the copyright owner's permission should first review and be familiar with UNC General Administration's A Primer on Copyright Use. The Fair Use Worksheet provided by the UNC Office of the President should be completed and maintained. Assistance with the required fair use analysis may be obtained from the University Counsel's office if the copying is in connection with official University business.


Copyright infringement notifications will be acted upon in accordance with the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3) by the DMCA Agent, following established procedures. Violations of the DMCA may result in denial of access to University computing equipment and systems, and to disciplinary action.

Allegations of copyright infringements found on University computer resources should be sent to:
DMCA Agent
Information Technology Services
235 Bryan Building
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170


The Chancellor has approved the Copyright Compliance for Users of UNCG Technology Policy. The policy will be reviewed as needed.


Comments or questions? Email the Policy Administrator.