Copyright Law and Fair Use Guidelines
The Mt. Hood Community Library supports the principles of fair use, a model policy developed by the American Library Association. The policy states that the first time copyrighted material is placed on reserve for one semester or term, it is considered fair use. For additional semesters or terms, copyright permission must be obtained.
"17 USC 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by 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-
- 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."