Faculty must comply with the educational fair use guidelines of copyright law as it applies to library course reserves. Specifically this includes:
- A limit of 1 photocopy per 15 students in a class.
- The University Libraries cannot accept off-air taped videos, photocopies of entire books, materials belonging to other libraries or any other materials in violation of copyright law.
- Faculty must seek copyright permission from the copyright holder for photocopied materials (including those made into electronic course reserve items) used for more than one semester.
Factors to consider for educational fair use include:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
For more information on copyright:
- Stanford University's Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has an excellent set of Web pages on copyright and fair use.
- Visit the U.S. Copyright Office Home page at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright.
- See our subject guide to copyright.
- Circular 21: Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians is available online as a PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office.