Copyright Basics for Course Packs and Reserves
- Placing works in their entirety (books, journal issues, CD-ROMs, etc.) on reserve never requires copyright permission.
- Portions of a copyrighted work (e.g. book chapter, journal article, etc.) are trickier:
- The first time an item is distributed (in-class, via the courseware, or on reserve) falls into the “spontaneous use” category of fair use and so does not require copyright permission.
- As far as copyright is concerned, distributing a pdf or other file version of an article via the courseware is considered the same as passing it out in class.
- Any repeat distribution of an item for the same course in subsequent years will require permission from the copyright holder.
- Providing links in the courseware to articles in the Treadwell Library databases does not require copyright permission, no matter how many times you do it.
- Every article, etc. must be clearly marked with the complete citation and a copyright notice (for items on reserve, the librarian will stamp each item with this notice).