Copyrighted materials made available via Course Reserves are for use in class and for course study outside of class (including in the library). The use of copyrighted materials in all formats, including the creation, online delivery, and use of digital copies of copyrighted materials submitted for course reserve, must be in compliance with U.S. Copyright law.
The Library’s policy concerning photocopies of copyrighted materials on Course Reserve is defined by the Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code, §107 and 108). No one should post content consisting of copyrighted material or portions of copyrighted material without first:
The 1997 Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) established guidelines for educators incorporating portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works into their educational programs. These are guidelines only, and not mandated by law – they provide a starting point for assessing whether your use of material qualifies as Fair Use. The recommended guidelines are:
Fair Use allows limited use of copyrighted materials for educational and research purposes. The statute outlines four factors that should be assessed in determining whether a use is a Fair Use. These are:
The test is, intentionally, fact dependent. You need to look at each use individually to determine if it is a Fair Use.
Maxwell Library provides access to a number of databases and electronic journals by subscription agreement with vendors such as EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, Project Muse, and ProQuest. Licensing agreements vary in addressing whether or not content may be downloaded and posted to an e-reserves system or learning management system (such as Blackboard). We strongly suggest that faculty LINK to database or e-journal content rather than copying and re-posting the content.