Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves

The UCI Library copyright guidelines for course reserves are based on the Copyright Act of 1976, especially the principle of fair use and the reproduction of copyrighted works by educators and librarians(United States Code, Title 17, Sections 107 and 108.)


Multimedia Reserves
Background on Guidelines

Multimedia Reserves

By submitting a Reserve Request, users of the University Libraries' Reserve System agree that:

  • Materials submitted for Reserve do not violate the U.S. copyright laws.
  • University Libraries will not replace lost or damaged personal copies.
  • Materials are submitted to Reserve only for the term(s) in which the class is taught.

Use of materials should be consistent both with the University's instructional and research requirements and with the intent of the Federal Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes.  (see below)

Videos, Off-Air Recordings and Multimedia

Media items owned by the UC Irvine Libraries may be placed on reserve for your students.   If the library does not own the material requested, a purchase request will be forwarded to the appropriate subject librarian.  Personal copies of mulitmedia resources may be placed on reserve only if they are legally acquired copies.  Programs taped “off-air” (from TV) can be kept on reserve only for a limited time. All non-Library material dropped off in Reserves must be privately purchased, original recordings. Duplications will not be accepted for Reserve. Personally-owned means any media item owned by the faculty member or the department.

Videos and DVDs owned by the University, including reserves, may be viewed by students, faculty, and staff at workstations or in small group rooms in Ayala Science Library. Faculty members may also checkout videos and DVDs for personal viewing. Videos or DVDs which are to be shown to a larger audience as part of a special program, lecture series, etc. require permission from the copyright owner for public performance rights.  Materials cannot be borrowed from the MRC to be placed on reserves in another location or to be streamed at another campus.

Students and faculty may incorporate the works of others into a multimedia work when producing their own educational multimedia projects for a specific course or as teaching tools in support of curriculum-based instruction activities. Freely available multimedia works and items that have the appropriate Creative Commons license can be placed on reserves as long as the materials do not violate the U.S. copyright laws.  Permission from the copyright owner(s) needs to be attained by the faculty, staff or student whose needs go beyond placing items on reserves.

Background Documents for the Development of Copyright Guidelines 

The UCI Library copyright guidelines for course reserves are based on the Copyright Act of 1976, especially the principle of fair use and the reproduction of copyrighted works by educators and librarians(United States Code, Title 17, Sections 107 and 108.)They are based also on a number of the guidelines in the American Library Association’s Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use (Chicago: ALA, 1982) and those included in the 1996 Fair Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserve Systems developed, but not formally adopted, by participants in the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU).

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