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Fair Use and E-Reserves

Hunter College Libraries Copyright Policy

Hunter College Faculty using E-Reserves must sign the Library's Reserve Request and Copyright Compliance Form. They may choose option: 1) request assistance from Hunter College Libraries to determine "fair use" eligibility or seek copyright permissions when required, or 2) personally seek clearance for material or establish its eligibility as within "fair use."

Under the "fair use" provision, educators can make limited use of copyrighted material without seeking permission. To determine whether a particular use is fair, the law requires that the following four factors be equally considered:

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  • The nature of the copyrighted work;
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

There is no specific number of words, lines, or chapters that may safely be taken without permission and all "fair use" evaluations must be done on a case by case basis.

The copyright law governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Unless the material a faculty member wishes to place on reserve is in the public domain or otherwise not protected by copyright, or the faculty member has received permission from the copyright holder to place the item on E-Reserves, photocopies for reserve must be made in compliance with the "fair use" provisions of Section 107 set forth below and outlined in ARL’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and ©opyright @ CUNY.

In support of Hunter courses, the Hunter College Libraries may maintain both a hardcopy and electronic reserve collection following the guidelines of 17 U.S.C. Section 107. Placing materials on reserve is at the initiative of the faculty solely for the non-commercial, educational use of the students. If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be held liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if in its judgment fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Copyright Assistant

If you have questions about readings you would like to put on Reserve,

please contact the Copyright Assistant:Malin Abrahamsson

Copyright Resources

©opyright @ CUNY is a user-friendly web resource designed to support the CUNY community in making independent, informed decisions about copyright compliance and educational fair use.  Organized by library faculty in consultation with CUNY's Office of General Counsel, it is intended to respond to recent developments in course management software, e-reserves and social networking tools.

The site has multiple links to recommended FAQs, free tutorials and other online tools.