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Copyright & Library Resources
Materials placed on reserve must comply with both federal copyright law and university copyright policy. Any readings not clearly within the scope of the "Fair Use" provisions of 17 U.S.C., Section 107 will not be added to the reserve system without permission of the copyright holder. The Circulation staff will gladly request permission, but please note that the process takes several weeks, and publishers often refuse such requests.
Examples of material requiring permission of copyright holder:
Dacus Library has followed the lead of many libraries by making electronic reserves available. This is best done by pointing to the links among the many full-text databases to which the library now subscribes. With over 30,000 full-text access journals, faculty should be able to point students to any reading for which Winthrop has already paid access. Databases like JSTOR and Academic Search Premier provide legally permissible ways to use electronic reserves. Dacus electronic reserves are structured to limit access to students registered in the course for which the items have been placed on reserve and to instructors and staff responsible for the course or the electronic system.
For any other item the library does not own, Dacus may digitize it, provided that library staff follows the same rules that apply to print reserves. This also means Dacus has to remove the item following the end of that class and must require written permission for any subsequent use after the first use.
Further, the library abides by the CONFU Guidelines. Although these guidelines are not legally binding, they are the most commonly applied and followed by university libraries and assure legally permissible copyright use. While the guidelines did not come up with a “one best way,” four legally permissible approaches were recommended. They appear below. Dacus follows both a) and c):