The primary purpose of course reserves is to make a limited number of class materials available to students in a timely and equitable manner. Items placed on Reserves respond to “in the moment” needs for a specific class.
All content placed on Course Reserves must comply with U.S. Copyright law. No one should place a source on reserve that consists of copyrighted material or portions of copyrighted material without first:
What is Fair Use?
In U.S. Copyright Law there are limited exceptions whereby copyrighted material may be used without obtaining written permission from the author or artist or publisher. These limited exceptions have been labeled “Fair Use.” For example a person writing a book review for the newspaper does not have to obtain the author’s permission to use a quote from the book, if the use of the quote is within the context of the book review.
To make a good faith determination as to whether your use of copyrighted material is Fair Use, there are four factors that can be applied.
(NOTE to students: This is NOT the same a citing your sources for a assignment!)
Course Reserves Policy
Booth Library is committed to compliance with Copyright Laws.
Booth Library does not create or manage digital reserves.
Procedures for placing items on Course Reserve:
End of semester procedure:
With few exceptions, Reserve items will be removed from Reserves at the end of each semester.
The following guidelines are provided to assist instructors but do not preclude further restrictions by the Library.
Items that will NOT be placed on Reserves:
Copied feature films
Consumables (i.e. workbooks)
Photocopied books beyond 1 chapter
Interlibrary Loan Items
Items that DO require copyright permission are:
Items that do NOT require copyright permission are:
Booth Library provides access to a number of databases and electronic sources (i.e. journal articles and eBooks) through agreements with vendors. Licensing rarely extends to downloading e-sources to a course management system. It is recommended that students be instructed in accessing e-sources via the databases.
Posting materials to Sakai still requires the instructor to comply with copyright law. There are many considerations in determining fair use, each instance should be assessed on its own merits. However broadly speaking, non-licensed, copyrighted works will require permission.
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