Note: Because the term “e-reserve” does not appear in U.S. Code, it is prudent to define it as an electronic photocopy. Its purpose is to provide teacher and students with access to material to be used in the classroom; it may or may not be printed by each student. Material not intended for classroom use (such as for clubs and extracurricular activities) is not covered by the e-reserves policy and will need additional evaluation.
Section 107 of U.S. code governs the making of photocopies for teaching and education purposes; it includes the four tenets of fair use:
§ 107 Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
For additional information about section 107, click here: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html.
Last updated August 16, 2010