Reprint and Circulation Policy re Copyrighted Materials


No articles, videos or other materials under copyright should be distributed in connection with LACBA business (including volunteer work for LACBA’s committees, sections or board) without taking these steps ‐‐ this policy applies to LACBA volunteers as well as staff:

1) Always consider utilizing a “link” to material, where it is available on the internet, rather than attaching the material itself.  Check to see if there is a web “link” to the material on the internet, and use the corresponding link in your message.  Many articles, images, etc. are available both in hard copy and on the internet.  This is LACBA’s preferred method of sending any material by email or posting.

2) If no “link” is available to the material you want to circulate, or if the material is a PDF, other electronic file or hard copy, you must:

Check to see if the “Source” of the materials (i.e. media outlet, etc.) is listed on our Media Outlet Policy  (MOP).   If it is, take all necessary steps to meet the described copyright requirements provided by that Source (such as naming the source, etc.).  If they are not listed on the MOP, see step 3.

3) If the Source is not on the MOP, and you have not recently reviewed that Source’s distribution requirements with the Director of Communications (“DC”), you must contact the DC for prior approval to distribute, in order to avoid possible claims for copyright infringement.  The DC will attempt to contact the Source, and determine its requirements for distribution of the materials.   If you believe you have the copyright holder’s written permission for the proposed distribution, please include that information when you contact the DC.

Should you have any questions about the policy, or would like permission to distribute coverage, please contact the DC at 213‐896‐6558 or jysais@lacba.org. If the DC is unavailable, you can also contact LACBA’s General Counsel at 213‐833‐6703 or gc@lacba.org.