EBS Copyright Policy
As a Christian institution of higher learning, and especially as a school that exists for the development of Christ-like leaders for the spiritual transformation of Haiti and the world, institutional integrity is of utmost importance to the EBS Community and Leadership. The ethical use of intellectual property is essential to maintaining an atmosphere and culture of honesty and integrity within the EBS community. This Copyright policy, then, is a mechanism that serves to ensure the ethical use of intellectual property among staff and students of the Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti.1
(1) We would like to acknowledge Earlham College’s Copyright Policy that was the starting point for the development of this document. Some of the language from the EC Copyright Policy has been retained in this document.
1.0 Introduction: Instructional Use of Copyrighted Materials
The staff members of EBS are to follow seminary policy, U.S. copyright law, and Haitian copyright law related to the use of electronic and multimedia materials. This includes the recording, reproducing, storing, and distribution of media-based instructional materials, such as: audio, video, and multimedia (combinations of data, text, sounds, and still and moving images that may also be modified interactively). All members of the college community are governed by these regulations.
Members of the Seminary community who engage in any activity that infringes on copyright law may be subject to disciplinary action. Under circumstances involving repeated instances of infringement through the use of the Seminary’s computing network, such disciplinary action may include the termination.
More information regarding copyright may be viewed at the United States Copyright Office website.
2.0 Why Should I Read These Guidelines?
Individuals are liable for their own actions. The copyright law (Title 17, United States Code) sets strict limits on making copies of copyrighted works. Willfully exceeding these limits may subject the copier to liability for infringement with damages up to $100,000 per work.
Emmaus Biblical Seminary is not required to defend an individual who knowingly fails to comply with the Seminary’s Policy on Copying, fair use guidelines, and any licenses that affect the rights to use others’ works. Information Services will not permit the duplication or use of any material submitted which is known or suspected not to meet the requirements of the guidelines. The Seminary expects those using the materials to be familiar with the guidelines and abide by them.
3.0 “Fair Use”
The EBS Information Services Department Staff will assist faculty in evaluating instructional materials to identify those that fall within the “fair use” clauses of the copyright law. The “fair use” exemptions incorporated into the copyright law describe permitted educational uses of certain categories of copyrighted materials.
4.0 Copyright Law and Electronic Materials
In some areas, particularly relating to electronic and multimedia materials, copyright law and fair use guidelines are unclear. As expected, challenges to the copyright law are being debated. Information Services staff will make every effort to provide common-sense interpretations of the existing law and guidelines.
5.0 Copyright Permission
When use of copyrighted material falls outside of the “fair use” guidelines or is more than quoting small sections of a source, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder. Electronic material supplied by the library must include a copyright statement. Other materials must contain a documented copyright permission statement or a “fair use” disclaimer statement as detailed in the specific guidelines below. Obtaining such permission is usually possible, if sufficient lead-time is allowed, although a fee may be involved. The length of this process varies and can take from a few days to many weeks, or can last for unexplained lengthy periods.
Turnidge shared the vision with OMS missionary David Graffenberger, who, along with Marilyn Murphy (now Shaferly) and Gaudin Charles, founded the Emmaus Vocational Bible School in 1967. David Graffenberger also served as the first Director of Emmaus Vocational Bible School.
In 2000, after many years of successful training of Haitians for bi-vocational ministry, EVBS’ registration closed. In August 2001, under the direction of Dr. Bill Cooper, Emmaus’ registration reopened to accept theological students exclusively. At that time, the name of the school changed from Emmaus Vocational Bible School to Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti.
Construction began on a new seminary campus in Saccenville in 2006. Construction was completed in 2009 and the campus was officially dedicated in January of 2009, the Monday before the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince.