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Copyright Policies for Course Reserves

The Library considers the Reserve service to be an extension of the classroom and therefore, Reserve policies are based on fair use as outlined in the Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions with Respect to Books and Periodicals and the American Library Association's Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use.

1. In order to adhere to the Copyright Act of 1976, the Libraries will require that all faculty members placing photocopies or copies of other media on Reserve sign this copyright waiver statement:

I have reviewed and understand the Georgetown University publication, Copyright Issues in Higher Education : A Guide for Georgetown Faculty and the Main Campus Libraries Course Reserve Copyright Policy (this document). Consistent with these policies, I request the library make available to students in this course the requested media or reproductions cited and listed below. I have obtained all required copyright permissions. I realize that I may be responsible for any infringement of the Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17 U.S.C.) that results from my noncompliance with the Guide and Policy.

Reserve staff, in good faith, assume the necessary copyright permission is granted or pending upon signature.

2. The Library will request copies of, and will keep on file, the copyright permission letters for any reserve requests if the materials are:

  • Photocopies of articles compiled to create, replace, or substitute for an anthology, compilation or collective work;
  • Photocopies of, or from, "consumable" works, including workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, test booklets, answer sheets, etc.;
  • Photocopies of an entire book or an entire issue of a journal.

These examples are specifically mentioned in the copyright guidelines as unlikely to be covered by fair use.

3. All Reserve photocopies will be stamped with a notice of copyright.

4. All photocopies are the property of the faculty member requesting Reserve status for the materials. Therefore all reserve materials will be removed from Reserve at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

5. A maximum of one copy can be placed on Reserve for every 10 - 15 students in a course.