Copyright Policies and Guidelines

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Copyright Guidelines for Print Reserves

  1. All material placed on Print Reserves will be at the initiative the instructor for the non-commercial, educational usage of students. One copy of a course text may be put on reserve at the request of the instructor.
  2. Consumables such as workbooks or coursepacks produced for a particular course, which are available for students to purchase, will not be placed on reserve.
  3. Whenever possible materials to be copied for Print Reserves will be owned by the faculty submitting them or by the library, and meet Fair Use Guidelines.  For more information check the SBU Libraries guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.
  4. Longer works, such as complete books, will not be copied for Print Reserves. The library will not reproduce materials to place on Print Reserves without permission if the nature, scope, or extent of copying is judged by the library to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use. Examples of reasonable limits are a single chapter from a book or a single article from a journal.
  5. A copyright notice will appear on the first page of photocopied reserve material to indicate that the material may be covered by copyright law. Appropriate citations or attributions to their sources will be included.
  6. Print Reserves materials belonging to faculty members will be returned to them when no longer needed for reserves.

Copyright Guidelines for Electronic Reserves

  1. All material placed on E-Reserves will be at the initiative of faculty for the non-commercial, educational use of students.
  2. Whenever possible, material to be copied or scanned for E-Reserves will already be owned or purchased by the library. For the purpose of copyright compliance, a full citation (author, title, publisher, date, page numbers) documenting the source must accompany each title requested.
  3. Longer works, such as complete books, will not be copied for E-Reserves. The library will not place materials on the E-Reserves system without permission if the nature, scope, or extent of copying is judged by the library to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use. Examples of reasonable limits are a single chapter from a book or a single article from a journal issue.
  4. Course materials such as problem solutions, which are not for sale, may be placed on electronic reserves. Consumables such as workbooks or coursepacks designed for a particular course and available for students to purchase will not be placed on E-Reserves.
  5. There will be no charge for access; charges for printing and photocopies will be nominal.
  6. A copyright notice will appear on screen in the E-Reserves system and on copies made of reserve readings to indicate that the materials may be covered by copyright law. Appropriate citations or attributions to their sources will be included for all electronic files.
  7. Access will be limited to authenticated Stony Brook users.
  8. Electronic files will be removed for the E-reserves system when they are no longer needed for reserves.

For information regarding the Teach Act, see the Campus copyright policy from the Office of the Provost.  See further information about Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians and Copyright Basics.

The electronic copying and scanning of copyright protected works for library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law, which may be addressed by courts and/or legislation. The libraries will monitor legal developments to ensure that library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of U.S. copyright law.