Copyright Information

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material.  The law contains a provision for "fair use" by libraries.  A government commission was convened to interpret "fair use,"  resulting in the CONTU guidelines.  Pine Manor College adheres to these guidelines.

Some implications for library users include:

  • Interlibrary loan is allowed five articles from any one journal title for a one-year period.  After this limit is reached, the library must pay a royalty fee for each subsequently ordered article. 
  • Photocopied items may be placed on Reserve only once without permission from the publisher.

Text adapted from source: ILL page at Simmons College Libraries

Useful Tools

The American Library Association has created two useful tools for determining fair use of materials and exceptions for instructors.  To evaluate if your useage falls under the Fair Use designation, click here.  To determine if your intended use meets the requirements of the law, click here.