As a safeguard against copyright infringement the library has taken the following measures:
Materials are kept behind the service desk and are only available for use in the library.
The same general copyright rules apply for material placed on Reserves within the LLIC
One of the most important rules to remember is that material cannot stay on reserves for more than one semester. If you place books, periodicals, etc…for fall, it cannot be used for winter semester. But, you can reuse the material for spring.
Review the "Common Scenarios" page for more guidelines on the fair use and course reserves.
Permission from copyright holders is often needed when creating course materials, research papers, and web sites. You need to obtain permission when you use a work in a way that infringes on the exclusive rights granted to a copyright holder (i.e. outside the boundaries of fair use).
Steps that need to be followed to obtain permission to use copyrighted material:
Determine if permission is needed for the work you want to use.
Identify the copyright holder or agent.
Send written request for permission to use (view Sample Permission Letter). Remember to give yourself ample lead time, as the process for obtaining permissions can take months. Decide if you are willing to pay a licensing fee/royalty.
If the copyright holder can't be located or is unresponsive (or if you are unwilling to pay a license fee), be prepared to use a limited amount that qualifies for fair use, or use alternative material.
Copying of copyrighted materials for student learning and research use without written permission may occur in the following instances:
Single copying for teachers
Single copies may be made of any of the following by or for teachers at their individual request for scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
One chapter from a book;
An article from a periodical, journal, or newspaper;
A short story, short essay, or short poem, whether or not from a collective work;
A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book,periodical, or newspaper.
Multiple copies for student learning use
Multiple copies (not to exceed more than one copy per student in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for student learning use or discussion; provided that the following three criteria are met:
The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity (as defined below).
The copying meets the cumulative effect test (as defined below).
Each copy includes a notice of copyright. An example is "this material may be protected by Copyright law (title 17, US Code)."
Brevity: Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, (usually varies 3-8 pages depending on size of page and type) or an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is greater.
Spontaneity: The copying is at the instance and inspiration of the individual teacher, and the inspiration and decision to use the work.The moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.
Cumulative effect: Copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made.