Stevens-German Library Copyright Policy

Copyright is designed to encourage others to build on the ideas and information of a given work while protecting an author's original expression. Copyright protects a range of materials, including books, articles, photographs, paintings, sculpture, software, websites, architecture, and music. Copyright applies to any "original work of authorship" that is "fixed in a tangible medium of expression." Works are protected automatically; copyright notice or registration with the U.S. Copyright Office on the work is not required for protection, though notice does provide some legal and practical benefits.
This Statement has been adapted from the copyright website of the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.


Copyright & Reserves

The Stevens-German Library maintains both traditional hard copy reserves for entire books, and electronic reserves for selected book chapters and articles. The electronic reserve system requires students to log into an electronic reserve web page in order to access course material in PDF format.

  • The library reserves the right to put some material on hard copy reserve contingent on copyright costs of allowing access to an electronic copy of the material. Additionally, in an effort to keep copyright costs to a minimum, documents in print periodicals will not be posted to the electronic reserve system; they will be accessible to users from the traditional print reserves housed at the library circulation desk.

  • If the library has access to the article through one of its electronic databases, a persistent link to the article will be placed on the course electronic reserve page.

  • The library encourages faculty to utilize its reserve system to maintain copyright law compliance. Scanning documents and posting them in a D2L course requires copyright clearance. The library will assist faculty in acquiring copyright clearance, but will not pay the copyright fees. The library will pay the copyright fees for material that follows the designated library reserves process and mechanisms.

Tips for maintaining copyright compliance in your classes and work:

  • Directly link to an article, image, or web page in one of the library's subscription databases rather than reproducing it on your website. This page explains the process of linking directly to a full-text article in one of the library's databases. Or you can download/save the article from a library database and make it available via your D2L site.

  • Use the Library's e-reserve and hard copy reserve system! Articles, class notes, and selected book chapters can be made available to Stevens-German Library students through this service. For more information, contact Amy Blechamn, or x4441. Electronic or hard copy Reserve request form

  • Media Services offers a wide variety of services to faculty, including audio-visual duplication, please contact Ray Cesnavicius x4446.