Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
UMass Libraries offers Reserve services under United States copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code (U.S.C.).
By placing material on reserve, instructors certify that their requests are permissible under US copyright law as either fair uses or as permitted (licensed) uses.
Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances, as set forth in 17 U.S.C. 107.
A reasonable and limited portion of a book, journal, newspaper, or film may be digitized as a fair use, based on pedagogical need. The University offers a "Fair Use Checklist” to help instructors to assess whether a use is a fair use.
The Libraries also offer training in copyright and fair use, and individualized consultations to help instructors understand fair use. Instructors may work with library staff to develop appropriate limitations on use of copyrighted content to ensure that the use is a fair use.
Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Digital Reserves
- A reasonable and limited portion of a book, journal, newspaper, or film may be digitized as a fair use, based on pedagogical need.
- There is no charge for access to digital reserves.
- Digital reserve materials are accessible only to students enrolled in a course and their respective instructors and/or proxies.
- Digital reserve materials are accessible only during the semester for which they are requested.
- Each digital reserve item includes a notice of copyright.
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