The H.A. Hunt Memorial Library of Fort Valley State University provides access to both print and online materials for scholarly research and instruction. The library’s provision of access to materials is guided by the Fair Use provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides specific direction on the fair use of copyrighted materials. Additionally, the H.A. Hunt Memorial Library is guided by the University System of Georgia’s Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research.
General Guidelines for Copyright
Copyright provides the creators of original works of authorship with a set of limited exclusive rights, including the right to copy, distribute, and perform their works. Nearly all creative and intellectual works are protected under copyright law, regardless of copyright registration or notice. The law attempts to balance the private interests of copyright owners with the public interest and is intended, in the words of the Constitution, “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for a limited Time to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
Copyright law gives copyright owners the exclusive rights to:
- reproduce a work;
- prepare derivative works based on the original;
- distribute copies to the public;
- perform the work publicly; and
- display the work publicly;
Limitations to the exclusive rights are listed in Sections 107 through 122 of chapter 1 of the U.S. Copyright Act. These exceptions are integral to the balance of exclusive rights and productive, socially beneficial new and fair uses of works. One of the exceptions to a copyright holder’s exclusive rights is the right to make a fair use of a copyrighted work. Copyright law applies to original works.
Please see the USG copyright policy for more details or more information.
Copyright Information for Course Reserves
To assist faculty members in providing supplemental material for students, the library manages the University’s course reserves program. Faculty members are able to place copies of articles, book excerpts/chapters and other resources on reserve for access by their students.
1. Course reserves are for one semester only. At the end of the term, materials should be picked up by the professor. If materials are not picked up in a timely manner, they will be returned to the professor via campus mail.
2. Professors should complete a course reserves form, detailing the bibliographic information of the material to be placed on reserve. Additionally, the professor should attach the Fair Use Checklist for each copyrighted item to be placed on reserve.
3. Materials previously on reserve cannot be placed on reserve for a second semester unless copyright permission is obtained by faculty/staff.
4. Interlibrary loan items cannot be placed on reserve.
5. Either the professor who is placing the item or the library must be the owner of the item to be placed on reserve. The library does not accept examination copies of textbooks.