Jessie Ball duPont Library honors requests from faculty to place course related items on reserve that are in compliance with US Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107) and the fair use guidelines.
Faculty can notify the library about books,articles, or media to place on reserve or for course packs via the Reserve and Course Pack Request Form or items may be submitted at the library service desk.
As a safeguard against copyright infringement the library has taken the following measures:
Computer software is tangible material and can be copyrighted. The Doctrine of Fair Use applies to computer software.
Permissible uses of copyrighted software owned by or licensed to the University or its faculty:
Prohibited uses of copyrighted software:
Copying of copyrighted materials for student learning and research use without written permission may occur in the following instances:
Single copying for teachers
Single copies may be made of any of the following by or for teachers at their individual request for scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
Multiple copies for student learning use
Multiple copies (not to exceed more than one copy per student in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for student learning use or discussion; provided that the following three criteria are met:
Brevity: Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, (usually varies 3-8 pages depending on size of page and type) or an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is greater.
Spontaneity: The copying is at the instance and inspiration of the individual teacher, and the inspiration and decision to use the work.The moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.
Cumulative effect: Copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made.
Permission from copyright holders is often needed when creating course materials, research papers, and web sites. The Library can assist with obtaining permission for works when they are used in ways that infringe on the exclusive rights granted to a copyright holder (i.e. outside the boundaries of fair use).
At the University of the South, the Circulation Department in the Library serves as our Copyright Clearance Office. We use a variety of methods to obtain copyright permission and require ample time to process these requests. You can use the Reserve and Course Pack Request Form to submit your requests for copyright clearance for Library Reserves, Electronic Reserves through Blackboard, or printed Course Packs which are sold through the Bookstore.
If you have questions about this process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Courtnay Zeitler, Head of Access Services, at 598-1837.