These guidelines apply to all University Libraries' Reserve systems and are in compliance with US Code, Title 17. Material submitted which violates any of these regulations will NOT knowingly be made available by the library. Instructors will be notified upon discovery of copyright violations and will result in delayed access to class materials through University Libraries. Instructors should not place materials on Reserve unless the instructor, the library, or another unit of the university possesses a lawfully obtained copy. The total amount of material on Reserve for a class should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for that class when invoking fair use. Materials are available only to the VPI & SU community and all are expected to adhere to these copyright and fair use guidelines.
- Only one (1) chapter from a book may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission prior to submitting materials to Reserve. This applies to edited collections of readings and essays because each reading is considered a chapter.
- Journals and newspapers
- Only one (1) article from an issue of one journal may be placed on Reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission prior to submitting materials to reserve. Newspapers are treated the same as journals.
- Multiple copies
- Only one (1) copy of photocopied material is allowed for every 20 students enrolled in a class or any fraction thereof, with a maximum of 9 copies. The photocopy should contain the copyright statement.
- US Government publications
- Most federal government publications are in the public domain, i.e., they are not copyrighted, allowing unlimited use and reproduction. State and local government publications are probably copyrighted.
- These materials are not appropriate for reserve because one of the tenets of fair use is that such use not effect the market value. Consumables include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets, answer sheets, etc. Consumables will not be placed on reserve.
- Custom published anthologies prepared for sale through local copy centers and bookstores are not appropriate for reserve because on of the tenets of fair use is that such use not effect the market value. Course-packs will not be placed on reserve.
- Duration and display of copyright
- When faculty submit copyrighted material to reserve they should preserve the author's name, title of the work, and copyright statement, if there is one. If any photocopied material is to remain on reserve for more than one semester, the faculty member must obtain the copyright holders' written permission.