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When providing digital materials to students, educators must either secure permission for use or ensure that they are meeting the fair use standards of U.S. copyright law.
The guidelines and instructions in this guide help to ensure that Davidson College meets the standards of United States copyright law.
Libraries and academic institutions may provide traditional and electronic course reserves (including those in Moodle) to their students due to a number of exemptions in U.S. copyright law, including sections 107 (Fair Use), 108 (Reproductions by Libraries and Archives), 109 (Effect of Transfer of Particular Copy or Phonorecord), and 110 (Exemption of Certain Performances and Displays) of the Copyright Act of 1976. Course reserves are also potentially impacted by, among others, the Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act.
For more information, please ask a librarian. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.