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Copyright Statement, Title 17

The Copyright Law of 1976 (United States Code, Title 17) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction [including that made by electronic transmission of reserve material] for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Four Factors Concerning Fair Use

The Georgia Tech Archives must be in compliance with U.S. copyright law, and policies of the Board of Regents and the Institute.

Section 107 of the Copyright Act governs fair use of copyrighted works. Section 107 states:

The fair use of a copyrighted work... for the purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching... 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... 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 or value of the copyrighted work.

For help in interpreting the four factors, contact the Dean and Director of Libraries, or the Georgia Tech Office of Legal Affairs.