Manual of Policies and Procedures XII: Copyright

Copyright Policy [PROPOSED]


The copyright policy of the College of Micronesia-FSM affirms the institution's commitment to comply with Federated States of Micronesia law pertaining to copyright; to respect faithfully the property rights of authors and their assignees; to educate members of the campus community about copyright law.


This policy applies to all faculty (including those on temporary appointments), staff, and students of the College of Micronesia-FSM.


Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with FSM Code Title 35, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a device. Works of authorship include the following categories:

In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

Limitations to copyright

Fair use

The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

Reproduction by libraries and archives

It is not an infringement of copyright for a library or archives to reproduce no more than one copy or phonorecord, under the conditions specified by this section, if:

Alternatives to copyright

The college recognizes alternatives to copyright for the licensing of original works. These alternatives include but are not limited to GNU licenses and Creative Commons licenses.

Plans and procedures

The college will develop plans and procedures to ensure that copyright is not infringed at the college.


Oversight responsibility for copyright policy resides with the Vice President for Administration.



  1. FSMC, Title 35. Copyright, Patents & Trademarks
  2. The Claremont Colleges