Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines

  • Copyright Statement, Title 17

    The following statement along with the copyright source will appear as the cover page for each electronic copy of a copyrighted work.

    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 Library and Information Center 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.

  • Obtaining Publisher Permission

The Reserves Unit presently contacts rights holders' as a service to faculty, if you prefer to request permission, there are two easy ways to obtain publisher addresses.


To obtain a publisher's address use AcqWeb.
Search AcqWeb

AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors is an alphabetical list of publisher names. For example, again assume you want the address for the publisher of BALLANTINE BOOKS. From the Directory screen, click on "B" for Ballantine. Scroll down the list that appears, until you see "Ballantine Publishing Group [General]", and click on this link. This will take you to Ballantine's home page, and on the left side of the screen is their "CONTACT US" link. Click on it, and you'll see their address. Also, if you scroll down this page, you'll see the question-and-answer about "permission to reproduce material," which details the procedure for requesting permission.


A simple Google search with the publisher's name and the word "Permissions" should work. Most publishers have a permissions department that deals with copyright/use requests.
Search Google

  • Copyright Disclaimer for Linked Web Pages

    Faculty have the option of providing a link from the Library's course home page to another course page or to their own personal home page. If provided, the Faculty member assumes all responsibility for copyright compliance on the linked pages. A link to the text below will appear on the Library's course home page whenever a URL is provided.

    This link from Library Electronic Reserves to another web page is for the convenience of students. The content of web pages is regulated by Institute guidelines concerning, [among other elements], copyrighted materials. These pages are the exclusive responsibility of the web page provider, who is solely liable for copyright infringement. The Library assumes neither responsibility for monitoring compliance, nor liability for violations.