This Guide is intended to provide general copyright information to the TMCC community and help instructors make informed copyright choices in course planning.
The Library cannot assist faculty in determining fair use or other legal matters. Specific questions should be directed to the Legal Counsel's Office in RDMT 200 or by calling 775-673-7396.
See also TMCC Policy Manual Policy 6505: Use of Copyrighted Materials for Education Purposes.
Copyright Restrictions Notice
Below is a suggested copyright statement to affix to copies or scans you intend to use in class or distribute to students:
Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions: The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If electronic transmission of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
A shorter disclaimer is posted below.
Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use. Section 107 calls for consideration of the following four factors in evaluating a question of fair use:
Read the current text of the Copyright Law of the United States at the Copyright Office.
Source: United States Copyright Office