As an instructor in a
non-profit educational setting you can use printed materials in your
classroom, directly to students, face-to-face, so long as it fits your
You may not copy entire works, although under fair use you may copy brief portions for instructional purposes.
When directing students to consult materials as homework (i.e. beyond
what constitutes the time allotted for a class session), refer to
Library Reserve Use.
Library Reserve Use
Fair Use Criteria
- Purpose of the Use:
Materials must serve only the needs of specified educational programs;
they must be placed on reserve only at the specific request of the
instructor; students should not be charged specifically to consult the
works, and no person or unit at the university should benefit
monetarily from the use of the material.
- Nature of the Work:
Materials must be related directly to the educational objectives of a
specific course; only those portions relevant to the objectives of the
course may be placed on reserve; and reproductions of highly creative
works are not generally appropriate unless they are the main subject of academic study.
- Amount of the Work:
Reproductions will generally be limited to brief works or brief
excerpts from larger works; the amount of the work placed on reserve
must be related directly to the educational objectives of the course.
- Effect of the Use on the Market for the Original:
Repeat use of the same material by the same instructor for the same
course will require permission from the copyright owner; the materials
will include a citation to the original source of publication and a
form of copyright notice; no material should be included unless it is
produced from a lawfully obtained copy; materials on reserve may not
include any works that are available for students to purchase in the
campus bookstore or other customary outlet.
It is recommended that if you are sending
students to a digital version of a journal article, book chapter or
other printed material, you should check with the library to find out
if the University subscribes digitally (through an online database) to
the material. Linking to articles in this way bypasses the need to
obtain copyright permission.
For more information about library reserves, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 422-2662.
Adapted from web materials at Fairfield University.
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