Guidelines for Classroom Copying
Some of the most important effects of the Copyright
Law and the Guidelines for classroom copying are listed below.
A Teacher May NOT:
- Make multiple copies of a work for classroom use if it has already
been copied for another class in the same institution.
- Make multiple copies of a short poem, article, story, or essay from
the same author more than once in a class term or make multiple copies
from the same collective work or periodical issue more than three times
- Make multiple copies of works more than nine times in the same class
- Make multiple copies long in advance of the actual use of those copies.
- Make multiple copies at the suggestion or direction of another individual.
- Make multiple copies for distribution that do not contain (individually)
a notice of copyright.
- Make copy or copies that might imply or attribute an ownership position
to the library.
- Make copies for private reserve files, departmental reserve collections,
or general library units if the cumulative effect exceeds the Guidelines
in the same class term.
- Make a single copy or multiple copies of any item for use from term
- Make a copy of works to take the place of an anthology.
- Make a copy (copies) for charge in excess of costs.
- Direct students to make photocopies from either an original item or
a photocopy of that item for any course.
- Make a copy of "consumable" materials, such as workbooks.
A Teacher MAY:
Make multiple copies for classroom use only and
not to exceed one per student in a class of the following:
- A complete poem, if it is less than 250 words and printed on not
more than two pages
An excerpt from a longer poem, if it is less than 250 words
A complete article, story, or essay, if it is less than 250 words
An excerpt from a prose work, if it is less than 1000 words or 10 percent
of the work, whichever is less
One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture per book or
Inform (but not request) students that they individually have the
right to make photocopies of instructional materials for their individual
Taken from CRL News, January 1978, p.5.
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