[INLINE] for approval by VT's University Counsel
Reserve and EReserve update: Nov. 6, 1998
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions, libraries are authorized to furnish a reproduction, but one of the specified conditions is that the reproduction will not be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.
Because the library is considered an extension of the classroom, access to reserve materials is limited to course and instructors names. Reserve materials are available only for the semester in which the class is taught. When faculty submit someone else's work to Reserve/EReserve, they should preserve the author's name, title of the work, and copyright statement, if there is one. Faculty members may not request that Reserve/EReserve provide access to copies of the same material for successive terms unless they have received the copyright holders' written permission. Availability beyond one term usually gives the instructor enough time to request permission from the copyright holder.
Instructors should not place materials on reserve unless the instructor, the library, or another unit of the university possesses a lawfully obtained copy. The total amount of material on reserve for a class should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for that class when invoking fair use. Materials are available only to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University community and all are expected to adhere to these copyright and fair use guidelines.
New, and as yet uncodified, interpretations of the copyright law apply to libraries' electronic reserve systems that provide access to online class materials. Therefore, University Libraries Copyright Guidelines apply alike to materials provided through the Newman Library Reserve Desk, to materials available through EReserve, and to reserve materials circulated through the branch libraries.
The guidelines described below apply to all University Libraries' reserve systems and are in compliance with US Code, Title 17. Material submitted which violates any of these regulations will NOT knowingly be made available by the library. Instructors will be notified upon discovery of copyright violations and will result in delayed access to class materials through University Libraries.
Journals and Newspapers
US Government Publications
Everyone submitting materials to any of VT University Libraries' reserve systems must agree to the two following statements. If an instructor cannot abide by these guidelines, the library cannot provide access to the course materials without violating the US copyright law (US Code, Title 17) as it pertains to libraries. (For further information, please refer to the US Code Title 17 sect. 108.
Provide guidence to the users of your online class materials by adding a notice similar to this:
These materials are available for the educational purposes of students enrolled in my class at Virginia Tech. These materials are NOT for further reproduction or transmission.