Copyright & Course Reserves

The Miami University Libraries' reserves service supports classroom teaching in a manner consistent with copyright law. These guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide direction.

Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976 provides four factors to be applied to determine whether the use made of any work is "fair use":

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  • The nature of the copyrighted work;
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

To ensure that the Libraries are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the U.S. copyright law:

  • Materials will be placed on reserve at the initiative of the faculty for the sole purpose of educational use.
  • At the end of each course, copyrighted materials will be taken off of reserves to ensure no further access to the material.