The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library provides access to print and other electronic resources, including Internet, free and subscription-based electronic resources and electronic course reserves. These resources are provided for scholarly research, instruction and non-commercial use. By using these resources, all library users agree to abide to the copyright, terms and conditions of each resource. Unauthorized use or access to the AUC Woodruff Library's electronic resources may result in suspension of library privileges. In addition, individuals found liable for copyright infringement may be subject to substantial statutory damages in excess of $30,000 (17USC504, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html)
It is unacceptable to use the Library’s computers, the Internet, and electronic, media, and print resources in a manner that violates copyright law. Violations will result in suspension of library privileges. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:
These websites are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered endorsements of one resource over another:
On occasion, faculty, staff, and students may need to reproduce copyrighted works in print or digital form. Section 107 of the U.S. Code on copyright (17USC107, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107 ) addresses fair use of materials. It provides for limited copying and reproduction of copyrighted resources for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. Such use is generally not an infringement of copyright. Four factors help determine fair use:
Another resource which may be helpful in determing fair use for educational purposes is the U.S. Copyright Office's circular on Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf).
Faculty member’s use of course management systems such as Blackboard/WebCT, Canvas, or Moodle to deliver curriculum resources to students yield copyright issues similar to those of placing resources on an electronic reserve system. Fair use in posting of articles and chapters still applies. In addition, permission to post copyrighted materials in course management systems, including student papers, may need to be obtained in advance of posting. Atlanta University Center faculty members should consult their institution’s copyright policies on for posting content on a course management system prior to uploading content.