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:
- 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.