Photocopying: Copyright Considerations


The 1978 Copyright Law permits limited reproduction of copyrighted material for classroom use, according to “Fair Use Guidelines.” The concept of “Fair Use” is open to interpretation – by a court of law. If there is any doubt whether a particular use of copied materials meets “Fair Use” criteria, consult a librarian. The library can also provide information on how to go about obtaining copyright permission.

I. Rules Governing “Fair Use” Photocopying for Education Purposes Have Evolved Since 1978:

Single Copies may be made by faculty and staff, of a book chapter; an article from a periodical or newspaper; a short story, essay, or poem; or charts, graphs, cartoons, or pictures. Entire works may be reproduced if they are out of print and “unobtainable at a fair price.”

Multiple copies may be made by faculty or staff of the following:

Copyright Notices must be included in the reproduction of any work that is copied. These notices should read: Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).