Copyright Infringement Policy

Northeast recognizes the importance of protecting the owner’s copyright to printed material, music, electronic data and images. Duplicating of materials by any means must be in adherence with the Copyright Law of the United States of America, Title 17 of the U.S. Code and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. For assistance in determining the applicability of copyright law to a specific project, employees should contact the Head Librarian in the college library.

Lab books and other type materials, whether printed or electronic, that are duplicated for sale in the bookstore, must be either original material or must have a current authorization for use of the material from the author on file in the Institutional Printing Office.

It is the responsibility of the individual faculty or staff member to learn about copyright and to make decisions concerning copyright materials.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Website of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ’s at

Updated on May 22nd, 2017