All items placed on reserve must conform to existing copyright and fair use law. (Understanding Copyright & Fair Use)
Instructors are responsible for evaluating, on a case-by-case basis, whether their reproduction of a copyrighted work:
1) is in the public domain
2) is contained in a licensed UHD database
3) qualifies as a Fair Use
Unless otherwise noted, it is safe to assume all materials are copyrighted. It is not true that an author needs to publish, include a copyright notation (©) or “register” their work to gain protection under U.S. copyright law.
Items exempt from copyright restrictions include materials that:
1) belong to the “public domain”
2) are contained in a licensed UHD database
3) are a “Fair Use” >> Fair Use Checklist available from Columbia University
4) have already acquired the author’s permission. (Original Materials Permission Form Required)
Note: Hard-copies of original materials (e.g. a book) placed on reserve are not subject to copyright analysis and are covered under Section 109 in the Copyright Act (no reproduction through copying or scanning involved). No analysis is required.
Electronic reserve courses require course-level password authentication. Once your reserve materials have been processed, a password will be emailed to you. Instructors are responsible for providing students with the password to view electronic documents. Distribution of the password is limited to students enrolled in the course. Please remember that library staff will not have access to your course passwords. Limiting access to students who are registered in your class helps ensure that materials are used only for educational purposes, and minimizes any impact on the market for the original work.