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Software Copyright Policy

The principles for using and managing software are derived from U.S. copyright law, the Florida Computer Crimes Act, and legal agreements in the form of licenses and purchase agreements. That foundation makes the University of Florida’s basic policy governing software clear:

All academic personnel, staff, and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations also are against university policies and regulations, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. The software copyright policy is provided on the basis of endorsement by the Council on Information Technologies and Services (May 12, 1994).

Guidelines for following this policy can be found at UF’s Software Copyright Policy, Guidelines, and Training Materials website.