Internet User Courtesies:

•        User Responsibility
The user needs to recognize that the Internet must be shared and used in a manner which
respects the rights of others and refrain from activities that prevent others from using it. In
addition, the Internet user should be aware of computer viruses or other destructive programs
which can cause to the user's computer or system.
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Access to the Internet
The Library neither monitors nor controls the quality, content, confidentiality, accuracy, or safety
of the information transmitted via the Internet. Evaluation of the validity of information found and
the verification of the sources of that information are the responsibility of the individual.
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Children's Use of the Internet
Electronic networks such as the Internet open a window to a global information society not
previously available. Because information on the Internet appears, disappears, and changes
frequently, it is not possible to protect or control what children may encounter. Responsibility for
use of the Internet by children rests solely with the parent or guardian. Children who use the
Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images.
Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children the use of the Internet in relation to their
values and boundaries and to monitor their children's use of the Internet.
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Copyright
U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution
of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use."
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Internet Common Courtesies
At the Troy Public Library, access to the Internet may be in public areas, which must be shared
by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. In these settings, Internet users
should consider these situations when viewing potentially controversial information and images.