Course Reserves: Copyright Information
In order for the Library to provide this course reserves under compliance with copyright law and the limitations of exclusive rights outlined by Fair Use (17 U.S.C. +107), reserve items submitted by faculty should meet the following guidelines:The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter, and level (see: 17 U.S.C. +107 Section 3). Generally this is interpreted as no more than 10% of a work or one article, one or two chapters of a book, or a complete poem.
The effect of using the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. In general, the Library should own at least one copy of the work (see: 17 U.S.C. +107 Section 4).
A full bibliographic citation must be provided for all copyrighted material requested for Electronic Reserve.
Access to copyrighted materials on Electronic Reserve will be password protected. Library staff will provide the professor with a password for each course for which there is copyrighted material online. The professor is responsible for telling students the appropriate password and informing them of the importance of the copyright protection.
For more information on copyright, fair use and course reserves in higher education, visit the following documents and organizations online:
- Statement on Fair Use and Electronic Reserves from the Association of College and Research Libraries
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use from the Association of Research Libraries
- FAQ for Professors: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries from the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University
- Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. from Cornell Copyright Information Center