Intellectual and Legal Property Rights (Copyright)

Policy:  CPEI will comply with the Fair Use Law regarding the Use of Intellectual and Legal Property Rights (Copyright)

Purpose: To provide guidance on Intellectual and Legal Property and CPEI.

Scope: This policy applies to the Exec. Leadership Team, Professional Ethics Committee, CPE Supervisory Students, CPE Supervisors, and CPEI Membership.

“Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.”  https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

CPEI will abide by the Fair Use Law with regards to the use of Intellectual and Legal Property. https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html


As indicated in the Fair Use Law, supervisors will consider:

  • Purpose: Does the use meet the educational objectives/outcomes of the portions used?
  • Amount: Are the materials used limited? Materials should be limited to brief works such as a single chapter of a book, an individual article from a journal, etc.
  • Effect:  Does the use harm the current market value or sale of the copyrighted material?
  • Cited: Materials used in any resources (printed, web, etc.) must be clearly cited.

Permission to Use Intellectual and Legal Property (Copyrighted) Resources

  • Request to use copyright materials/resources must be submitted and maintained on file.
  • Requesting permission identify:
  • The specific item requested for use.
  • The purpose of the use.
  • The author, title, and number of copies.