The following is not intended to serve as a complete reference for all aspects of this topic (including TEACH Act), legal advice or as the policy of Illinois State University (ISU) and/or Milner LIbrary. Further, the sources upon which these general guidelines are based are not to be construed as providing legal advice.
Questions can be directed to: Copyright Question (Milner Library), Posting a Course Reserve (form) or Office of General Counsel
In general and for all types of content (written, audio, video/DVD) the following criteria may be used to determine if items can be placed online for a course.
Other Copyright Restrictions for
You may post your authored materials such as lecture notes, test, exercises, problem sets, and PowerPoint presentations.
For your authored, published work, you need to verify if you’ve transferred the copyright to the publisher. If you’ve transferred the copyright,
ISU Licensed Electronic Collections
Electronic versions of articles, books, images, film, etc. may be linked using a persistent URL within electronic reserves and course web sites without getting further permission.
Material not protected by the Copyright Act can be made available on electronic reserves or course web sites without the permission of the copyright owner. The following criteria designate works without copyright.
Written works (such as text works and musical scores) may be placed on electronic reserves or course web sites for use in connection with course instruction:
That said, “No exact measure of allowable quantity exists in the law. Quantity is evaluated relative to the length of the entire work (total number of pages) and the amount of work necessary to fulfill the objective/purpose”. [University System of Georgia]
Audio recordings of musical works may be placed on electronic reserves or course web sites for use in connection with course instruction (not for entertainment purposes):
Video / DVD / Film may be placed on course reserves or used in course instruction.
Rights that legally allow a person to show a film in public without seeking permission from the copyright holder. Films in the library's collection that do not have PPR are limited to individual viewing and classroom use only. Situations where one must obtain PPR to show a film include but are not limited to public showings on or off campus, screenings at Registered Student Organization events, guest lectures, and film series. PPR are required even if the event is free.
Material that does not fall within any of the above categories may still be used in electronic reserves or course web sites providing the use meets the requirements of:
Sources: U.S. Copyright Law, Dartmouth College, University System of Georgia, Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians
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