ERes Copyright Compliance

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ERes Copyright Compliance

If a member of the Troy University faculty wishes to distribute copyright protected material to their students, they must comply with copyright law. There are two ways for a faculty member to do this:

  1. Distribute materials within the limits of “fair use”, or
  2. Licensed distribution of protected material.

Fair Use - 17 U.S.C. § 107

Under U.S. law the right to copy or distribute a work is held exclusively by the copyright owner of that work. However, there are some limitations on that exclusive right called “fair use” (17 U.S.C. § 107) that allow teachers, scholars, and researchers to use copyright protected materials under certain conditions. The Report of the House Committee on the Judiciary (HR 94-1476) provides guidelines to determine fair use in the classroom.

In general fair use is allowed if:

  1. The material used is short: no more than one chapter or less than 10% of a book, one journal article from a particular issue or no more than 3 articles from a particular volume, one poem from a collected work.
  2. The material is not used repeatedly term to term.

If your use of materials falls within "fair use," return now to the ERes Procedures page.

Licensed Use

If a faculty member’s use of protected material does not fall within the limits of fair use, they must obtain permission to use the material from the copyright owner. The Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. provides services that allow teachers to obtain permission to copy and distribute works from thousands of publishers.

Permission is necessary to keep items on reserve longer than one term.

Create a permission package through the Copyright Clearance Center.

Last Updated: 07/04/2017