Faculty may use copyrighted materials in some areas of instruction under the fair use exemption. Whether and how copyrighted materials may be used under this exemption depends on several factors, including:

  • Where the materials will be used (i.e. online or in the classroom)
  • How much of the material will be used 
  • By whom (enrolled students)
  • For what purpose
  • How long will the material be made available
  • Protection from abuse (appropriate firewall security)

To facilitate understanding of and adherence to copyright law with regard to instructional materials, the university has appointed a member of the faculty/librarian cohort to act as Copyright Liaison. The liaison is also available to help instructors understand the permissions process and to discuss the elements of a permissions letter.

For current information on the issues related to copyright and fair use, please consult the following, available in eBook and/or print format through the library:

  • Aufderheide, P. & Jaszi, P. (2011). Reclaiming Fair Use: How to put balance back in copyright. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.  Available in print (KF3020.A984 2011, 4th floor) and eBook format.
  • Butler, R. C. (2011). Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.  Available in print (KF2995.B885 2011, 4th floor).
  • Crews, F. D. (2012). Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative strategies & practical solutions. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. Available in print (KF2995.C74 2012, 4th floor) and eBook format.
  • Sun, J. C. & Baez, B. (2009). Intellectual Property in the Information Age: Knowledge as commodity and its legal implications for higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing. Available in print (KF2979.S86 2009, 4th floor).