Copyright Policy

Copyright, Fair Use, and Copyright Clearance Policy for Reserve

FAU Library Course Reserves respects Fair Use, the Rights of Copyright Holders, and Copyright Law. See the FAU Libraries Copyright and Reserve web page for the general policies.

Individual Photocopying in the Library

Notices as specified by the law and the Register of Copyright will be posted in highly visible locations on or near each duplication machine (photocopier, audio duplicator, microform printer, scanner or microcomputer) available in wording as designated for supervised and unsupervised machines.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. One of the specified conditions of this law is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." FAU library users must comply with the copyright law.

Copyright Law as it relates to Interlibrary Loan

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction in excess of " fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order or place an item on Reserve if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order or request would involve violation of copyright law.

Media Collection Copyright Restrictions

Titles in our collection are not cleared for audio or video duplication without the written consent of the copyright holder.

Florida Atlantic University and the Media Center adhere to the United States' Copyright Law (Public Law 94-533) of 1976 as amended, and urge all members of the FAU Community to be aware of and abide by it. We also support the Off-Air Taping Guidelines for Educational Purposes as read 13 into the Congressional Record. Only open broadcast programs may be recorded. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, etc., pay services such as HBO, Cinemax, Disney, and free cable-only services such as Lifetime, USA, and MTV, do not fall into the open broadcast category and cannot be taped.

Questions regarding public service policies should be directed to Dawn Smith, Assistant Dean, Public Services.

Special Collections Copyright Information 
Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). FAU Libraries adhere to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any subsequent use of a reproduction in excess of "fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement. To help determine rights, please consult the ALA Office for Information Technology Digital Copyright Slider or the Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code Spinner. 

When using electronic copies or images, please keep in mind that copyright law applies. Permission from the Special Collections Department is required when downloading, printing, reproducing or copying items from our digital collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright permission from the rights holder when copying material in excess of fair use. Restriction in the copying of materials may be imposed if the researcher does not have written permission from the rights holder. 

Should the researcher use or reproduce special collections material when submitting or publishing his or her own writing or research, the author must credit Florida Atlantic University Libraries Special Collections. If research at FAU Special Collections results in publication, we would appreciate citation information that would allow us to reference that work to future researchers.

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