Last Updated: Nov 1, 2012
Under the "fair use" guidelines of current copyright legislation, you may photocopy and distribute to your class:
- One article from a single issue of a periodical
- One chapter from a book
- One illustration from a book or a single issue of a periodical
- Two pages from a work consisting mainly of illustrations
Provided that you:
- Use the material only once, not each term or each year
- Use the material in only one of your courses
- Include the copyright notice along with the material being photocopied
You must obtain written permission to photocopy and distribute copyrighted material to your classes in situations that do not fall under these guidelines.
Materials on the Internet
Copyrighted materials available on the Internet often include restrictions or instructions regarding their use. If no such information appears, you should assume that you may print copyrighted digitized material and distribute it to your class according to the same guidelines as photocopies. You may use copyrighted digitized material on your course pages provided access is restricted to your class.
United States Copyright Office
The official copyright page.
Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials
See the Rules of Thumb section.
Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use
More detail--Copyright FAQ, Fair Use defined, Current Legislation, links to other copyright websites.