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Policy: XV.F.2

Issued: March 16, 1987

Owner: University Comptroller

Latest Revision:



All copyright policies (XV.F.1-9) are considered by the University to be out-of-date and under revision. New policies on Copyright Compliance will be issued by the University Library in early 2009. For general guidance in the interim, consult the following resources: US Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/ and http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf The Association of Research Libraries: http://www.knowyourcopyrights.org/

1.0 Purpose

This policy describes the general guidelines for reproducing copyrighted material.

2.0 Policy [Top]

Under certain conditions, a person may make "fair use" of a copyrighted work without violating the exclusive rights of the copyright owner. Section 107 of the Copyright Law lists the factors determining if the use is "fair use." Prior to the passage of the Copyright Act of 1976, Congressional Committees established guidelines to illustrate the boundaries of the "fair use" exemption. These guidelines are not law, but illustrate situations which would be considered "fair use." These guidelines represent MINIMAL standards of "fair use" and should not be interpreted as strict legal limits in all situations. The extent of the permissible copying for educational purposes may change in the future. Judicial decisions may alter the types of copying now permitted under the standards of fair use.

All University Printing Services Copy Centers now offer a copyright approval service to obtain permission for material to be copied for educational purposes. Contact a copy center or the Printing Office for more information.

For this policy, REPRODUCTION is defined as:

2.1 Permissible Copying

Single copying for research, teaching, or classroom preparation of a chapter, article, short story, poem or essay, and of a chart, diagram, picture, etc. is allowed (whether or not from a collective work).

Multiple copies (not to exceed in any event more than one copy per student in a course) may be made by or for the instructor giving the course for classroom use or discussion, provided such copying meets the tests of BREVITY, SPONTANEITY, and CUMULATIVE EFFECT as defined below. EACH COPY MUST ALSO INCLUDE A NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT.

2.2 Spontaneity

Copying is "spontaneous" if it is the inspiration of the individual instructor and the decision to use the work is so close to the actual use that there would not be time for the copyright owner to reply to a request for permission.

2.3 Cumulative Effect

Copying should be limited to:

The limits do not apply to current news periodicals, newspapers, and current news sections of other periodicals.

2.4 Prohibitions

Copying of Copyrighted Material:


Charges to students should not exceed copying costs.

3.0 Definitions [Top]

4.0 References [Top]

Policy XV.E.1, "Copyright Policy"
Policy XV.E.2, "Patent Policy"
Policy XV.F.1, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Introduction"
Policy XV.F.3, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Special Circumstances"
Policy XV.F.4, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Videotaping"
Policy XV.F.5, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Copying Works of Music"
Policy XV.F.6, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: For Academic Purposes"
Policy XV.F.7, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Obtaining Permission"
Policy XV.F.8, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Infringement"
Policy XV.F.9, "Copying of Copyrighted Materials: Licensed Computer Software"

[1] Completing an unfinished poetry line or prose paragraph may be permitted.

5.0 Approvals and Revisions [Top]

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