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Course Reserves for George A. Smathers Libraries: Warning of Copyright Restrictions

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Warning of Copyright Restrictions


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The George A. Smathers Libraries reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

37 C.F.R. §201.14

Copyright Statement for Faculty provided document

Excerpts from books owned by the library can be scanned and placed on electronic reserves under the following conditions:

  • Submissions for book excerpts will be evaluated by the staff for adherence to fair-use guidelines; if there are problems, instructors will be notified by Course Reserves staff, and options to placing the material on electronic reserves will be offered (for example, placing a physical copy of the material on course reserves, purchasing the copyright clearance for the material in question, etc.).
  • All scans of personal copies of items submitted by instructors must include the complete bibliographic information of the title in question, and should include a copyright information statement below (a PDF copy that can be attached to existing PDF scans). Bibliographic information can be included either as a scan of front and back of the title page, or a citation including the title, author, publisher, publication date, and edition information.
  • Scans from books not owned by the library can be made available online for one semester under fair-use guidelines; if material is needed for subsequent semesters, we will contact the instructor with options for making the material available (purchasing copyright clearance to make the material available online, putting the physical copy of the book on reserves, etc.).
  • Scans of materials not owned by the library will follow the steps of materials owned by the library. If an item is going to be needed for multiple semesters, make a note of this in the course reserves request, and the library will attempt to purchase a copy of the material for the permanent collection.

Copyright on Campus: Copyright Law Basics Lib Guide

Copyright on Campus: Copyright Law Basics

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