Copyright & Course Reserves //

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.

Factors to consider for educational fair use include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;

  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

For more information on copyright:

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