Copyright Compliance for Reserves

If you would like to put an item on reserve, you need to ensure it is in compliance with copyright law.

  1. Check to see if the work is covered by the Library's Annual Copyright license. If it is covered, the library will put the item on reserve for you. Please send the complete citation to reserves@davidson.edu along with notification that the item is copyright compliant.
  2. If the item is not covered by the license, check to see if it is in the public domain. (The Public Domain Guide is a good place to start.) If it is, the library will put the item on reserve for you. Please send the complete citation and notification that the item is in compliance with copyright law to reserves@davidson.edu.
  3. If the item is not in the public domain, you'll need to do a fair use analysis. (Note: If you are relying on fair use and have used the item for the same class in the previous semester, the library will not put the item on reserve.)
  4. If you are confident that your use of the item meets fair use standards, the library will put the item on reserve. Please send the complete citation and notification that the item is in compliance with copyright law to reserves@davidson.edu.
  5. If you decide that your use of the item does not meet fair use standards, you'll need to get permission from the copyright owner to put the item on reserve. Your department's administrative assistant can help you with that process. Once you have secured permission to use the item, the library will post the item. Please send both the complete citation and notification that the item is copyright compliant to reserves@davidson.edu.

Please note:  The library reserves the right to refuse an item for reserves if it believes the item is not in compliance with copyright law.

For more information, please see our Guidelines for Posting Materials in Moodle.

Questions

Please contact Sara Swanson, information literacy librarian.