The Fair Use Doctrine (17 US Code sec. 107) allows instructors to use copyrighted printed/textual materials in their classes without obtaining permission, provided that certain conditions are met.
Question: May I photocopy a book chapter to share in class?
Answer: Yes, you may make one copy of a chapter for each student in the class when
Question: Is there a limit to the number of chapters I may copy each semester?
Answer: Yes, nine times, whether the copying is articles, chapters, charts, poems, or some other short creative work.
: If I want to use the same chapter next semester, do I have to get permission from the copyright owner?
Question: Is there a way I may use the chapter without copying it?
Answer: Yes, place a copy of the book on Reserve in the library, which students may check out for three hours at a time.
Question: I want to use several chapters from a book of readings, but I do not want to make the students purchase the book? What are my options?
: Can I link to a chapter of an ebook licensed by the library?
Answer: Yes, linking to a chapter of an ebook licensed by the library from the library's catalog record or from one of the library's subscription databases (e.g. Gale Virtual Reference Library) is permitted.
: Can I post a PDF of book chapter to my course page?
Answer: Maybe, if the excerpt is 1,000 words or 10% of the work, whichever is less. Linking to the content is preferable.
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