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Copyright Resources at Connecticut College: Course Reserves

This guide provides a general overview of copyright, and policies and procedures specific to Connecticut College.

Course Reserves

Please note the following guidelines for reserve materials as they relate to copyright.

  • All users of the reserves system are responsible for following the Connecticut College Copyright Policy with regard to materials placed on reserve.
  • All materials placed on print reserve and electronic reserve (via the Moodle course management system) will be at the initiative of faculty for the non-commercial, educational usage of students.
  • Whenever possible, faculty should utilize materials that are owned or licensed by the library for print and/or electronic reserves. For the latter, links to resources are highly preferred over PDFs.
  • In most cases, items that fall under fair use, as well as those that are not subject to copyright, may be placed on reserve without obtaining permission and/or paying a royalty. There may be exceptions for licensed materials, such as standardized tests or workbooks, for which the license supersedes fair use exceptions. 
  • Materials owned by an individual may be placed either print or electronic reserves, subject to a fair use determination.
  • Users may make one copy for private study, personal reading, research or education. Users of the Moodle course management system must comply with the TEACH Act and/or other copyright laws in the use of copyright-protected materials.
  • All copies of materials, whether in print or digitized form, must include a notice of copyright that contains the following:
    • © followed by the year of first publication
    • the name of the copyright holder, if known
    • a full bibliographic reference (author, title, journal title or book publisher, and date)
  • Materials submitted for reserve without a full citation may be returned to the faculty member for the addition of the required information.
  • Library staff will not place any materials on reserve — or allow reserves to remain accessible — that they believe violate copyright law or licensing agreements.
  • A copyright notice ("The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Users may be liable for copyright infringement.") will appear on the course access screen in the Moodle system, and individual users will accept this liability prior to being allowed to access Moodle materials.
  • The library will not place materials on reserve, or allow Moodle materials to remain on college servers, without permission if the nature, scope, or extent of copying is judged by Information Services to exceed the reasonable limits of fair use. Faculty must obtain permission or pay appropriate royalties in order to place copies of longer works (or substantial portions of longer works), such as complete books and performance scores.
  • The posting of links to licensed resources is highly preferred to posting PDFs. For more information on how to post to Moodle, consult Information Services' Getting Started guide to Moodle.
  • Access to the Moodle system is limited by password to students enrolled in a particular course. There is no charge for access to either print reserve or materials on Moodle.
  • Faculty should remove electronic files from Moodle sites when they are no longer needed for student access.