Copyright and Copyleft


Copyright and Copyleft

 

In general, the Islands Institute opposes the notion of “Intellectual Property.” We believe all cultural work should be freely available for discussion and contemplation in non-profit, educational contexts, so long as that work is correctly attributed. For web resources, include a link back to the author. (See library article on “Claiming the Commons” for more information on this.)

 

The intent of the Islands Institute co-created library is to make work freely available for non-commercial purposes. Rather than copyright, the Islands Institute Library operates under the principle known as “copyleft.” That is to say, Islands Institute Library content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors of the Islands Institute article used (a direct link back to the article satisfies our author credit requirement). Islands Institute articles will remain free forever and can be used by anybody. This is the standard for wikis.

 

A different standard applies to uploaded documents. Documents and images under copyright restrictions can be uploaded to the Islands Institute Library only with the copyright owner's permission. Uploaded works are not editable.

 

We consider that any images can be inserted into articles via a link to the original image site. Include attribution to the image’s original creator!

As articles in the Island Institute Library are used only for non-commercial, educational purposes, these standards are covered by the "Fair Use" provisions of the copyright act.

 

Should any copyright owner object to the use of their image or citation of their thoughts, they can simply delete the material from the site (or ask to have it removed by contacting the librarian).

 

The Student Postings area is a space for private dialogues between students and their teacher. Any image can be shared here, so long as it is properly attributed.