The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
The Woodbury University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of Copyright Law.
The policy governing reserve materials is based on the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of multiple copies for classroom use.
In determining fair use there are four factors to be considered:
Purpose: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes;
Nature: the nature of the copyrighted work;
Amount: the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
Effect: the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Read more information about Fair Use from the U.S. Copyright Office
such as films, tv, plays, music, copyrighted image, etc.
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