Guidelines for Books & Periodicals
The primary focus of the copyright law
has always been to protect the authors and publishers of books and other
printed materials, such as journal and newspaper articles. It is necessary for
faculty to have a basic understanding of copyright principles because they deal
daily with the communication of ideas and information in printed works, and
because they can be held liable for violations. Faculty must promote access to
current and past information and thus balance the user's rights against the
copyright owner's rights. By abiding by Fair Use guidelines for print
materials, faculty members can help ensure a free flow of information into the
hands of students and assure a fair return when they are the authors.
The information available here will
help faculty and staff understand their rights and responsibilities related to
using print materials in the classroom and library.
the use of print materials to small parts of a work, such as single
chapters from a book, single articles from a journal issue, or several
charts, graphs, or illustrations from one source.
may copy a small amount of a copyrighted work for their own personal files
for research or to prepare to teach a class. Faculty also may read the
material to a class, write it on the blackboard, or make an overhead
transparency for use in teaching.
may copy a small amount of a copyrighted work and distribute copies to a
class. Include a copyright notice on each photocopy. Properly cite the
may copy small excerpts from various sources to develop a coursepack, IF
each excerpt complies with “fair use” criteria.
may not copy consumable items, such as workbooks, standardized tests, or
permission to use print materials repeatedly from term to term.
a Copyright Quiz!
In this quiz you will be asked a
series of 14 True or False questions.
Copyright Quiz on Books &
Copyright Clearance Center
Stanford University Copyright and Fair
Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom
Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions with Respect to Books and