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While no formal guidelines have been adopted into general use for electronic reserves, most libraries observe the following practices in an attempt to find a reasonable path until formal guidelines emerge.

If you need to exceed these guidelines but believe your plan still qualifies as fair use, we suggest you check with Jefferson's University Counsel before proceeding. If your planned reproduction of material does not qualify as fair use, AISR staff will assist you with payments to the Copyright Clearance Center or you may request permission directly from the copyright holder.

Note the Key Features:

  • Limited quantity
  • Limited duration (one semester only)
  • Limited access (course participants only)

JEFFSelects: Copyright & Fair Use

Guidelines for Electronic Reserves

Current copyright law protects nearly all readings and other course materials that an instructor might place on Pulse or another electronic instructional site. Faculty may post such materials only if one of the following applies:

1 The material is in the public domain. See: When works pass into the public domain (courtesy of Cornell U.)
2 The instructor owns the copyright to the material. Be aware, even if you wrote it, you may not own the copyright
3 The copyright owner of the material grants permission in writing. How to request permission
4 The use of the material is a "fair use" under the law. Follow the AISR guidelines below.
5 The material falls within another statutory exception. Read up on copyright law at the U.S. Copyright Office.

AISR applies the following set of guidelines to any materials it mounts on Pulse, either for our own courses or when we assist faculty with scanning & mounting their course materials.

AISR Guidelines for Electronic Reserves

I. Quantity

The material to be provided electronically must meet the same standard for brevity, content and cumulative effect as the guidelines for printed copies.

II. Spontaneity & Duration

The material to be provided electronically must meet the same standard for spontaneity as the guidelines for printed copies. Material may be made available electronically for the duration of one semester. Repeated use from semester to semester is no longer spontaneous, so permission must be sought.

III. Access

  • Access to material must be restricted to the students enrolled in the course and the faculty who teach it.
  • Students should be permitted to print or download the material for their individual use.
  • AISR will catalog items on electronic reserve under faculty name, course name and course number only.
  • No additional fees will be assessed to students for viewing the material.

IV. Copyright Notification

Electronic reserves must include notice of copyright ©, plus a further statement such as:

"No further transmission or electronic distribution of this material is permitted."