Under the Copyright Act of 1978, the library does not make photocopies for reserves use; it does accept personal or departmental copies of books and articles for a maximum of one semester. These materials must bear a notice of permission granted (or applied for) in compliance with copyright legislation Title 17, U.S. Code.
By signing the Reserves Request Form, the requestor accepts responsibility to comply with the copyright law. The following considerations apply:
- Single photocopies may be made from a library-owned publication if the library’s copy is unavailable or in deteriorating condition.
- Single photocopies may be made for the personal use of a faculty member.
- Multiple copies must meet the test of BREVITY* and of SPONTANEITY.**
- Copies of copyrighted material may not be used for more than a single term without special permission from the copyright owner.
Specifically PROHIBITED practices:
- Copying to create, replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations or collective works
- Copying of consumable materials like workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, etc.
- Copying to substitute for the purchase of books, periodicals or publishers’ reprints
- Copying directed by higher authority
- Repeated copying of the same item for the same instructor from term to term
The library will stamp photocopies placed on reserves with the notice of copyright.
* Brevity: Articles not to exceed 2,500 words or portions of a monograph not to exceed 1,000 words or 10% of the work (whichever is less).
** Spontaneity: The decision to use a copyrighted work in such a way that there is no reasonable way a request for permission could be granted because of lack of time.