eReserves: Policy for Access to Copyrighted Materials
The policy governing the current electronic reserves, as with all reserves,
is based on the provisions of fair use of the
United States Copyright Act
of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of
multiple copies for classroom use. In determining fair use there are four
- Purpose: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes;
- Nature: the nature of the copyrighted work;
- Amount: the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- Effect: the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Purpose. Jackson Library Electronic Reserves provides access
to supplementary course materials in support of the University's academic
Methods of Access. Current access to the system is available to all UNCG students, faculty & staff. The database is not browsable.
- The system will permit simultaneous use by multiple authorized users accessible on the network.
- Authorized users may view, download or print copies from the system. The
Jackson Library system stores documents in Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files. If accessing from a personal machine the user must
download and install the free Acrobat Reader before viewing and printing.
- Users may make one copy for private study, personal reading research,
scholarship, or education.
- Complete or longer works, such as books, will not be scanned for the reserve system.
- On a preliminary or introductory screens the system displays a copyright
notice, consistent with the notice described in section 108 of the Copyright
"NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S Code)
governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted materials. The person using
this system is liable for any infringement."
- The library will not place materials on electronic reserves if it judges
that the nature, scope or extent of the material is beyond the reasonable
limits of fair use.
- Materials will be removed from access on the system at the conclusion of
Electronic copying and scanning of copyright-protected works for library
reserve systems and distance learning are uninterpreted areas of the law
which may be addressed by the Supreme Court or future revisions of the copyright
law. Jackson Library and University Counsel will monitor legal developments
concerning fair use to ensure that the library services are in compliance
with U.S. Copyright Law.
For help with your copyright questions, please contact:
Stephen H. Dew, Ph.D.
Collections and Scholarly Resources Coordinator
University Libraries, UNC Greensboro
218-G Jackson Library