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Copyright and Fair Use
- Reserves policy is based on the United States Copyright Act of 1976.
- §107 of the Copyright Law specifies that it is a fair use to make a copy of a copyrighted work "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research."
- This section further lays out the following four factors in order to determine whether the use of a work is fair use:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
This checklist is provided to assist the requesting faculty in determining whether a selection chosen for Reserves is likely to be fair use.
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