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Copyright Policy

Copyright Law is Federal Legislation enacted by Congress to protect original and tangible mediums of expression created by individuals. It was also put into place to protect and encourage creativity. Copyright covers many areas including, but not limited to, music, movies, writings and software. Federal copyright laws make it illegal to copy or share intellectual property without permission. Carthage R-9 School District/Carthage Technical Center adheres to regulations and guidelines outlined in all Federal Copyright Laws.

Unauthorized downloading or sharing of copyrighted material could result in civil and criminal legal action against you including lawsuits by the copyright holders and their agents.


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. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney fees. 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.


Carthage R-9 School District/Carthage Technical Center expects all faculty, students, and employees to adhere to and uphold all copyright laws and to use Carthage R-9 information technology resources responsibly, ethically, and in compliance with all relevant laws. The use of Carthage R-9 information technology resources is a privilege. If a member of the community fails to comply with what is set forth in this policy, that member’s access and use of Carthage R-9 information technology may be revoked.

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