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Copyright for Reserves Materials

The UNO Library Course Reserves support classroom teaching in compliance with copyright law. As long as the item is a lawfully obtained copy there are no copyright restrictions when placing print or physical material on Course Reserve. The use of Course Reserves material, as with other material made available through the Library, is governed by the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976.

Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976 provides four factors to be applied to determine whether the use made of any work is "fair use":

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  • The nature of the copyrighted work;
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.