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Copyright Information



US Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code, plus case law) and the published best practices of many academic institutions indicate that it is NOT necessary to obtain permission to post or link to material within a online learning management system if you:


1.       In all cases, limit access via password protection to only those students registered for the class, and only for as long as needed (up to the duration of the course).

2.       Link to electronic books, book chapters, journal articles or streaming video licensed by the JFKU Libraries. 

3.       Link to material which is publically available on the Web, unless otherwise noted by the publisher.

4.       Scan and post material which is in the public domain (published before 1923), or is a publication of the US Government.

5.       Scan and post 10% of a book with less than 10 chapters or 1 chapter of a book with 10 chapters or more, provided it is not a book designed  for course instruction, such as a textbook.

6.       Scan and post up to 18.5% of a book’s contents if the publisher does not provide a way to obtain a license for digital use (Copyright Clearance Center, etc.)

7.       Scan and post one article from a single issue of any journal, magazine or newspaper.


This is not a full description of all of the available legal options, but is meant to give some idea of how to proceed with confidence of remaining within the law.




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