Millsaps College Library will observe copyright law and will follow commonly accepted interpretations of it when placing copies of readings on reserve for classes. This policy affects photocopies and other reproductions only.
Most academic libraries provide reserve readings under the fair use provisions of Section 107 of the Copyright Law which includes four factors to consider when copying material.
Section 107 of the
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified in that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
The Library will consider these four factors when placing items on reserve. We ask faculty to be conservative and careful when selecting reserve readings and to understand that we must comply with the law.
Although fair use ultimately depends on the specific facts surrounding each proposed use, the following guidelines are intended to provide direction to the Millsaps College faculty and Library staff.