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Library Course Reserves: General Copyright Policies for Reserves

General Copyright Policies for Protected for Protected Materials on Reserve at MSOE

The MSOE library acts in compliance with Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). As a non-profit educational library, we have the right to fair use of copyrighted material. We reserve the right to change our policies at any time to ensure that we are in compliance with the law.

Legal counsel for the MSOE Library recommends the following general copyright policies for use by the Library:

  • Copyright-protected materials can be placed on Reserve only at the initiative of faculty for noncommercial, educational use by their students.
  • The amount of copyright-protected material placed on Reserve should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of one course.
  • Library Reserves are not to take the place of a purchased textbook or course-pack on which royalties have been paid to the copyright holder.
  • Copyright-protected materials on Reserve generally are intended to supplement the other materials assigned for the course and not to serve in lieu of any other materials.
  • Copyright-protected materials on Reserve should contain a notice of copyright.
  • The effect of copying protected materials for Library Reserves should not be detrimental to the market for those materials.
  • Articles obtained through interlibrary loan cannot be placed on Electronic Reserve.
  • The Library cannot repeatedly place photocopies or other items that belongs to a faculty member on reserve.
  • The Library will not charge fees for creating, maintaining, and disseminating Reserve materials to students.
  • The Library in general will not make multiple copies of a Reserve item, but may elect to do so if unique circumstances–such as class size–reasonably suggest the need for additional copies.
  • The Library reserves the right to enforce these policies.

These guidelines were created in conjunction with the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm.