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Copyright Resources

A primer on copyright and fair use.

Placing Materials on Reserve

Materials that instructors wish to place on reserve for a course may be physically reserved in Strozier or Dirac Libraries or in some cases made available electronically through the course Blackboard site.  FSU Libraries reserves policies follow the fair use provisions outlined in U.S. copyright law.  Copyrighted material, including journal articles, should be placed on course reserve rather than posted to a course Blackboard site to avoid copyright infringement. 

To place items on reserve, please submit the online reserves request formIn order to have material on reserve for the first week of classes, requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

Contact reserves at reserves@reserves.lib.fsu.edu.

Library Responsibilities

FSU Libraries will do the following regarding course reserves:

  • place material requested by an instructor for the educational use of students on reserve
  • evaluate material to determine fair use before placing on reserve
  • request permission from copyright holders when necessary in order to place items on e-reserve
  • evaluate purchasing or licensing material as needed
  • limit online access to Florida State University students, faculty, and staff
  • place a copyright notice on physical and electronic reserve items
  • remove access to e-reserves material when the class ends

What Can Be Placed on Reserve

  • Books in their original format that are legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Media in its original format that is legally owned by the FSU Libraries or a faculty member
  • Works or sections of works in the public domain
  • Works or sections of works produced by the U.S. government
  • Portions of books, journal articles, and other print resources that fall within "fair use"
  • Materials created by the instructor for the course
  • Copyrighted materials for which the instructor has obtained permission and supplied written documentation of that permission

Permission to place scanned journal articles or book chapters on reserve for multiple semesters requires obtaining written copyright permission from the copyright holder. 

FSU Libraries reserve the right to refuse to place materials on reserve if they deem that those materials exceed fair use and would constitute copyright infringement.

What Cannot be Placed on Reserve

The following items likely constitute copyright infringement and are generally not placed on reserve:

  • Consumables, such as workbooks
  • Course packs
  • Personally reproduced versions of copyrighted films, television programs, documentaries, sound recordings, etc.
  • Excessive portions of copyrighted works that exceed fair use
  • Works prohibited by licensing restrictions

Permission to place scanned journal articles or book chapters on reserve for multiple semesters requires obtaining written copyright permission from the copyright holder.

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