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Copyright Guidelines

The Ross-Blakley Law Library, in consultation with ASU Libraries and the University General Counsel, have adopted the following interpretation of copyright laws as they relate to Course Reserve materials. The Law Library reserves the right to refuse to accept photocopies if, in its judgment, they are in violation of Copyright Law.

In conformance with the Fair Use interpretation of the Copyright Law, the Law Library may accept one copy of a copyrighted item for one semester/one time only. Written permission needs to be obtained by the instructor from the copyright owner and submitted to Law Library Access Services staff if the copyrighted material exceeds that allowed under the Fair Use Guidelines or is being used for more than one semester. An example of a permission request letter is available online. Your librarian liaison can assist you with locating a publisher's address.

All materials placed on Course Reserve will be at the initiative of faculty solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students.

A photocopy of one chapter from a work of a single author or photocopies of not more than three chapters or articles from a collective work or periodical volume may be placed on Reserve over the course of a semester. Of these, not more than one article from each collective work or periodical volume may be on Reserve at the same time.

Reserve files may not be used to create, replace, or substitute for anthologies, compilations, or reading packets. For this reason, each chapter, article, or other photocopied material must be listed as a separate file and not linked with others in a packet format.

Electronic Reserves
Copyright notice will appear in the Electronic Course Reserve system on copies made of Reserve readings to indicate that materials may be covered by copyright law.

Materials on electronic reserve will be accessible only by faculty name or course name.

The electronic copying and scanning of copyright-protected works for library reserve service are unsettled areas of the law which may be addressed by the Supreme Court or in future revisions of the copyright law. The Ross-Blakley Law Library will continually monitor legal developments that may affect the Fair Use analysis of electronic reserve services to ensure that library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the United States Copyright Law.

More information about Fair Use can be found in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education, published by the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University.


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