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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Inga H. Barnello, M.L.S.
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Know Your Copy rights  brochure (pdf file) that explains what faculty can do in making works available in their teaching. See also its FAQ at the end. Pub. by the Association of Research Libraries


Fair Use/Copyright Quiz


What can faculty safely place in Canvas?

Links to materials found on the open Web.

Embedded video from any of the Library's streaming documentary films.

Permalinks or URLs to any of the Library's full text journal articles from its databases (do not place the pdf files in Blackboard).

Up to 10% of a copyrighted textual work for which you have a legally obtained print copy. (You have to scan it yourself, unless you make a course reserve request through the Library. In the latter case, library staff will do the scanning and place the item on e-reserve in the Library site. Library staff will also take care to check on fair use.)

Creative Commons' licensed materials. Read license carefully and make an attribution. (See "Permissions" page of this guide and the CC section)


HathiTrust Lawsuit

On September 12, 2011 the Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors filed suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University for copyright infringement. At issue are more than 10 million scans contained in HathiTrust's collection, as well as HathiTrust's "Orphan Works Project." The Authors Guild has argued that storing and providing access to the digital scans is illegal, while advocates for HathiTrust and participating universities argue that digitizing and providing access to the sources is critical to the future of research and scholarship.

Some experts think the court may never reach the substantive copyright issues, and even if it does, there might not be much impact on libraries. Still, it could significantly influence libraries' digitization and digital distribution practices.

Noreen Reale Falcone Library Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 tel: 315-445-4153 • fax: 315-445-4642

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