Policies & Procedures
Copyright Guidelines for Reserve Materials
The Old Dominion University Libraries Copyright Policy supports and advances the Constitutional principle that the fundamental purpose of copyright is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts through the broad dissemination of information in a manner consistent with current copyright law. The Old Dominion University Libraries' course reserve system serves to provide required readings and other materials that support the instructional requirements of specific courses. Essential to fulfillment of the fundamental role of the Libraries in the university setting is the confident and lawful exercise of legitimate use rights as set forth in the fair use provision, Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act of 1976.
Section 107 Fair Use:
For institutions of higher education, the cardinal portion of the Copyright Act of 1976 is Section 107, the fair use provision. This section sets forth the factors that must be evaluated in determining whether a particular use, without prior permission, is a fair, and therefore, permitted use. The legitimate and lawful application of fair use rights provides the necessary and Constitutionally envisioned balance between the rights of copyright holders versus societal and educational interests in the dissemination of information.
Section 107 is as follows:
Notwithstanding the provisions of 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords 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:
All collections of the Old Dominion University Libraries-regardless of format-are purchased by the University for the nonprofit, educational use of students and faculty. All library materials are acquired with the understanding that there will be multiple uses of a limited number of copies. The library frequently pays a premium institutional subscription price for journals, that is many times the individual subscription price, for the privilege of supporting multiple academic users.
Faculty may complete a Reserve Request Form to place materials on Reserve.
The Reserve Area contains materials placed on reserve by Old Dominion University faculty as assigned or required readings for their courses. Registered Old Dominion University students and faculty members can check out all items for short-term use.
The reserve collection includes:
Copyright Guidelines for Book Reserves:
Fair use ultimately depends on the specific facts surrounding each proposed use, the following guidelines are intended to provide direction for use of the Old Dominion University Libraries Book Reserves.