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U.S. Copyright Law

Regarding library reserve items, the library staff monitors compliance with the U. S. Copyright Law. If we determine that posting a reading exceeds the guidelines for fair use, the library will attempt to obtain permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) to use an article. Currently, the library is paying any royalties charged. We reserve the right to refuse exorbitant charges. We use the Copyright Clearance Center and direct contact to publishers to obtain these permissions.

Examples of cases in which fair use is exceeded are:

  • Using an article for more than one term. The first use is considered in fair use. For subsequent semesters, permission must be obtained.
  • Using more than one article from a single issue of a journal
  • Using more than one chapter (or a "substantial" portion) of a book.
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