Q: Can I put a copy of a journal article on e-reserve for my course?
A: Copies of articles are not allowed because e-reserves must be created from original licensed copies of the works.
Q: Can I post a link in Blackboard to a PDF article in the library database?
A: Yes, the library has purchased rights to use the works in the databases.
Q: Once I receive permission to use copyrighted material for my course, can I continue to use the materials in subsequent semesters?
A: Permission is granted on semester basis and would be needed each semester the material is used.
Q: Does fair use mean I shouldn’t be concerned about copyright as long as I am using materials for teaching purposes?
A: What qualifies as fair use depends on many conditions. Use the fair use evaluator at librarycopyright.net/fairuse/
Q: What is public domain?
A: Works in the public domain are free and do not have copyright restrictions.
Q: Can the bindery rebound/reprint books that are out of print?
A: No. Books that are out-of-print may still be protected by copyright.
Q: May I show a video I purchased from Amazon in my class?
A: Possession does not confer the right to show the video. It may be considered fair use when used in the classroom, otherwise try Films on Demand.
Q: Is it okay to copy an image from a website if there is no copyright statement?
A: No, assume it is copyrighted and seek permission, or use images that are in the public domain. See our guide, "How to Find Free Image Sources" for more information.
Q: How are royalties paid for the materials I want to use?
A: Check with your academic school/dean.
Q: How do I seek permission to use a film?
A: Contact the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation mplc.org