The copyright law of the United States (Title XVII, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions (e.g. recordings) of copyrighted material. Photocopies or other reproductions are authorized under certain conditions specified in the law. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that use may be liable for copyright infringement.
BGSU reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. Major prohibitions under the law include:
- copying to create or replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations or collective works.
- copying of or from works intended to be “consumable” in the course of study or teaching such as workbooks, exercises, standard tests answer sheets and like material.
- copying for the purpose of performance (except for emergency copying).
- copying for the purpose of substituting for the purchase of music except for emergency copying or academic purposes other than performance.
- copying without inclusion of the copyright notice on the printed copy.
- charging students beyond the actual cost involved in making copies as permitted above.
Further details concerning the law, including general guidelines and permissible uses of copied materials, may be obtained from the Dean’s secretary, room 1049.