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This guide will give students and teachers copyright information and guidelines for research and Internet publication.
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Internet

"The Internet has been characterized as the largest threat to copyright since its inception. The Internet is awash in information, much of it with varying degrees of copyright protection.  In fact, the frightening reality is that almost everything on the Net is protected by copyright law."  Copyright Website

Things to Remember:

  • Text, graphics, videos, and music are protected.

  • Just because information is on the Internet doesn't mean that you have the right to use it anyway you want.

  • Some copyrighted works may have been posted to the Internet without authorization of the copyright holder.

  • Some Internet sites will give permission to copy - read the copyright statement.

  • Many U.S. government sites give permission to use the information freely.

  • When in doubt, assume the website and its content is copyrighted.

Creating Websites

The Internet has made it very easy to find and copy information, images, videos, graphics, etc.  Just because you can doesn't mean you should.  You should assume that everything you find on the Internet is copyrighted unless it is stated otherwise.  With this being said, you should be very careful and copyright conscious when posting anything to your own website.  Here are some easy tips to follow:

  • Don't copy logos or trademarks and hyperlink them.  Use words, not the logo.
  • Don't copy the source HTML or frame codes.
  • Before launching a website, make sure you have rights to all the content in your site including text, logos, images, photos, etc.
  • Check district policy before posting to a district site.
  • Avoid "deep linking".  (Deep links bypass the homepage.)

For more information:


MPS Internet Policy

Acceptable Use

Student access to the school's computers, networks and Internet services is provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the school's educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals. The same rules and expectations that govern student conduct and communications will apply to student use of computers and the Internet. Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff member/volunteer when accessing the school’s computers, networks and Internet services.

Prohibited Use

The user is responsible for his/her own actions involving school computers, networks and Internet services and for his/her computer files, passwords and accounts. Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Accessing Inappropriate Materials: Accessing, submitting, transmitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene,vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal.

  2. Illegal Activities: Using the school's computers, networks and Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that violates other Board policies, procedures and/or school rules.

  3. Violating Copyrights: Copying or downloading copyrighted materials without the express authorization of the student’s teacher or principal.

  4. Plagiarism: Representing as one's own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.). When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and Website must be identified.

  5. Copying Software: Copying or downloading software without the express authorization of the student’s teacher or principal.

  6. Nonschool-Related Uses: Using the school's computers, networks and Internet services for nonschool-related purposes such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes.

  7. Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access: Sharing passwords, using other users' passwords without permission and/or accessing other users' accounts.

For full policy:

  • Select Governing Board
  • Click on "policies"
  • Click on "Index Section J - Students"
  • Click on "Student Computer and Internet Use"

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