Introduction to appropriate use of digital media.

Respect for Intellectual Property Rights

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all creators and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment and the right to determine the form, manner, and terms of reproduction and distribution. Because electronic and digital information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in digital environments. Violations of authorial integrity including manipulation, plagiarism, unauthorized access, and copyright violations may be grounds for sanctions against not only individuals but the entire academic community as well.

Digital Media and Technology

Audio recordings and visual images can be expressed in movies, photographs, videotapes, paintings, compact discs, diagrams, cassette tapes, or maps, to list a few. Many visual and audio expressions, such as the roaring MGM lion, combine text with graphics or sound into a compositional whole that can be considered an audiovisual or multimedia work.

Today's technology enables us to access many different media in a timely, convenient fashion. However, the ease of access provided by modern digital technology may result in the use of works without full understanding of rights and responsibilities. Creating and using unauthorized copies of audio and visual works in either digital or non-digital format is not appropriate and may be illegal.

For More Information

To access Penn State and other copyright resources, see the Policies, Guidelines, and Laws site. For specific questions regarding intellectual properties, copyrights, trademarks, or patents, contact the Intellectual Property Office. At Penn State: