Statement of General Principles
Step Ahead Solutions, Inc. Fully supports US and international copyright law and requires all of our employees, visitors and users of our website https://www.stepaheadsolution.com, to fulfill our moral and legal obligations with respect to our use of the copyright protected materials of our website including flash and PPT presentations, PDF documents and printed material. To that end, and in fulfillment of our commitment to protect the principles of copyright in general, employees, visitors and users of Step Ahead should seek permission to use copyrighted works whenever appropriate and, when unsure whether permission is required, seek advice from the Copyright Officer identified below.
Step Ahead Solutions, Inc. Acknowledges that copyright infringement is a violation of the law and may impose civil and/or criminal liability on the individual infringer, as well as on the infringer’s employer. Therefore, every employee, visitor, and user of our website is required to comply with copyright law and adhere to this copyright policy. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
Goal of the Copyright Compliance Policy
The goal of this policy is meant to fulfill our obligations under copyright law and to acknowledge our respect for the rights of others. Step Ahead Solutions, Inc. Provides the following rules and procedures relating to copyright compliance when using copyrighted materials both internally among co-workers and external to Step Ahead Solutions, Inc. It is our expectation that each employee, consultant, contractor or agent of Step Ahead Solutions, Inc. will adhere to these policies and procedures.
What is protected by Copyright?
The rights granted under the U.S. Copyright Act (embodied in Title 17 of the U.S. Code) are intended to benefit “authors” of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural and audiovisual creations. This means that virtually any creative work that you may come across our website in readable or viewable format, including PDF documents, flash presentations, journals, newsletters, maps, charts, photographs, graphic materials; unpublished materials, such as analysts’ reports and consultants’ advice; and non-print materials, including Web sites, computer programs and other software, databases, sound recordings and video files are protected by copyright.
How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?
In the U.S., a work created on or after January 1, 1978 is ordinarily protected for a term equal to the author’s life plus 70 years after the author’s death. This is called the “life-plus-70” rule. Works created by companies or other types of organizations have a copyright term of 95 years. For works created before 1978, the duration of protection depends on a number of factors.