Electronic Course Reserve Copyright Guidelines

The Reserve Desk will place items on electronic reserve following the “fair use” provisions of Title 17, Section 107 of the Copyright Act. Copyright law is open to interpretation by courts. Rod Library reserves the right to have more restrictive guidelines than stated explicitly in the U.S. Code.  The following "Fair Use" guidelines will apply when placing materials on electronic reserve:

  • The distribution of the same photocopied/electronic material occurs only once without seeking permission from the publisher.  For subsequent use, written permission must be on file with the MultiService Center.

  • The amount of material and substantiality of the portion of the work used should be reasonable in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole [for example: a chapter of a book, an article from a periodical or newspaper, a short story, short essay, or short poem, a chart, diagram, graph, drawing, cartoon or picture].

  • A maximum of 25 titles for one course at the section level will be allowed on reserve.

  • The material includes a copyright notice and complete bibliographic citation on the first page of the  photocopy.

  • The effect of placing the material on reserve should not be detrimental to the market for the work.  Electronic reserve systems should not include any material unless the instructor or the library possesses a lawfully obtained copy.