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Copyright Tutorial: Reserves


1] Limit reserve materials to:

  • single articles or chapters; several charts, graphs or illustrations; or other small parts of a work
  • a small part of the material required for the course
  • copies of material that a faculty member or library already possesses legally

2] Include:

  • any copyright notice on the original
  • appropriate citations and attributions to the source
  • a Section 108(f)(1) notice

3] Limit access to students enrolled in the class and administrative staff as needed.  Terminate access at the end of the class.

Items may be placed on electronic reserve provided that access is limited to students enrolled in the class only.  The library will handle any copyright clearance necessary for items that you would  like to place on Reserve. If you are not sure, ask!


*Recently ARL published Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries . The library considers these guidelines when providing ereserves, either streaming or electronic copies.

*A ruling in May 2012 in the Georgia State University ereserves case:

  • Eliminated the one semester only fair use guideline
  • Stated that fair use is a given if using 10% of a book of less than 10 chapters OR 1 chapter of a book more than 10 chapters. Fair use is possible over this amount.
  • Fair use is likely if a publisher does not participate in the electronic permissions market

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