Copyright and Fair Use: Common Scenarios - Electronic Course Reserves

Information on copyright law and fair use in an academic setting.

Electronic Course Reserves

Placing a Book Chapter on the Library's Electronic Reserves

SCENARIO 26: A professor wants to add a book chapter to the library's electronic reserve system.

FAIR USE? Yes. The chapter may be added if access to the system is limited to students enrolled in the class.

Retention of Book Chapters on Electronic Reserve

SCENARIO 27 : The professor in SCENARIO 26 will be teaching the same course for three successive terms. She  wants to leave a book chapter on the electronic reserve system for this period of time.

FAIR USE? Yes. The use is fair if access is limited to students and the work is out of print and not readily available. However, if the book is currently in print, then a fair use analysis using the four fair use factors is required.

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