Policy 7115 – Copyright Revision Act of 1976

Revision Date: 9/6/2005

Responsible Office: Director of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Reference: Copyright Revision Act of 1976

From time to time, University faculty and staff may want to use additional materials to supplement research and teaching. Faculty and staff members are reminded that copying of materials must comply with copyright laws.

17 U.S.C. Section 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair Use

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the fair use of a copyright work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by another means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;

  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and 

  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for the value of the copyright work.

It is the responsibility of each faculty and staff member to comply with the regulations of the law. Infringement of copyright carries potential exposure to personal liability. The copyright law can be found in the Documents area of Prescott Memorial Library. The Library also provides copyright information on its web site at Louisiana Tech Library.

Non-print media materials are not subject to the same “fair use” guidelines established for photocopying. For more information about usage of non-print media materials contact the Center for Instructional Technology in Wyly Tower 1013 or call 257-2912.