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Course Reserves: Copyright Information

Copyright Support

The fair use doctrine of the Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) allows a journal article or book chapter to be placed on reserve for one semester only without written permission. To comply with the Copyright Law, please ensure that all photocopied, copyrighted materials are identified with complete bibliographic citations. Faculty are required to sign a Copyright Compliance Acceptance Form indicating that they understand the requirements of copyright compliance. This Acceptance Form must be signed for every course for which reserve services are requested.

To further assist you in meeting copyright compliance, Faculty Reserve Services, in cooperation with the SF State Bookstore, will attempt to secure copyright permissions and subsidize royalties, up to $15.00 per article, for photocopied, copyrighted materials that can no longer be kept on reserve under the fair use doctrine of the Copyright Law. Submission deadlines must be met in order to take advantage of this service. Six weeks are generally required to secure permissions from the appropriate sources. If the copyright owner does not grant permission or the clearance fees exceed the limit set by the Library, the Faculty Reserve Services staff are available to explore with you alternative ways of meeting your teaching needs.

Copyright Guidelines

The J. Paul Leonard observes copyright law while at the same time assisting faculty, staff and students in their educational pursuits. To comply with Fair Use guidelines of US Copyright Law (title 17) Faculty Reserve Services observes the following guidelines:

Copyrighted materials may be placed on reserve for one semester without written permission, within the rule of spontaneity under the Fair Use guidelines. Copyright permission must be obtained from the lawful copyright holder for that material to be placed on reserve for any subsequent semester. Faculty Reserve Services in cooperation with the SF State Bookstore attempts to procure permissions, and pays royalties up to $15.00 per article.

To ensure that all photocopied materials meet the Fair Use guidelines, faculty are expected to sign a Copyright Compliance Acceptance Form stating that they understand the requirements of copyright compliance. Faculty may be held responsible for any infringement of the Copyright Law (Title 17 US code) that results from their non-compliance. An Acceptance Form must be signed for every course for which reserve service is requested.

Faculty Reserve Services staff reserve the right to request the submission of copyright permission letters if, in their judgement, materials represent an infringement of the Copyright Law of 1976.

All copyrighted materials require full citation information prior to processing. If citation information is not complete, the item will be returned to the instructor until complete information is provided. All reserve photocopies will be stamped with a notice of copyright.

A collection of articles compiled as a course reader or an anthology must be accompanied by all the necessary letters of copyright permission. Since all course readers prepared through the Course Reader Program offered by SF State Bookstore comply with copyright guidelines (with copyright permissions being obtained if needed), only those readers may be placed on reserve.

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