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What is Copyright?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works fixed in any tangible means of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated directly or with the aid of a machine or device." —Excerpt from U.S. Copyright Act, U.S. Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Sect. 102

Disclaimer: This is a resource on copyright issues that have been idenitfied by Morris Library. The information found in this guide is not intended to be legal advice.


    Using Copyrighted Materials in Your Distance Education Course

    Providing Access to Digital Copies of Course Materials

    Instructors have two options for providing students with access to digital course materials:

    1. Link to materials available in library databases or on Morris Library E-Reserves. However, instructors must be careful to use "permalinks" or "stable URLs" for this option. Proper linking thorugh a durable link ensures off-campus users can access the materials.
    2. Upload a digitized personal copy or library copy to SIU Online. However, instructors should NOT simply download an article from a library database and then upoad it to SIU Online.

    Placing Materials on E-Reserves

    Instructors wishing to place an item on E-Reserves must complete this request form and provide the item to staff at the Circulation Desk. See the Electronic Reserves Guidelines for more information.

    General Rules for Uploading Materials to SIU Online

    Course materials consisting of copyrighted works (or portions of) may not be placed on SIU Online unless the instructor of record has either:

    1. Obtained permission from the copyright holder or
    2. Concluded that the use constitutes Fair Use, which includes:
      • Uploading one article from a journal or one article from a newspaper (if a digital version is not available through one of the library's licensed content providers).
      • Uploading one chapter from a book (if a digital version is not available through one of the library's licensed content providers).
      • Uploading an excerpt from a prose work, so long as the excerpt does not exceed 10% of the work.
      • Uploading one chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture per book or per journal issue.

    To determine if a particular use constitutes Fair Use see: Fair Use Checklist.

    If a use does not fall within the scope of Fair Use contact Morris Library for more information.

    Copyright Notice for Digital Copies in SIU Online
    Individual instructors are responsible for ensuring that postings of course materials into SIU Online are in compliance with copyright laws. In addition, the instructor must also attach the following Copyright Noticeto each copyrighted work posted in SIU Online

    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.


      Morris Library Services

      The purpose of this guide is to cover aspects of copyright as applied to the preparation and delivery of distance education courses. To this end, Morris Library provides informational material and consultations regarding copyright, fair use, and the TEACH Act.

      We also offer the following services for both on-campus and distance education faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in any of these services or do not see a service listed that you need, please contact the library liaison for your department.


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