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Copyright and Course Reserves

Copyrighted materials made available via course reserve are for use in class, related course study outside of class, and course research. The use of all copyrighted physical materials submitted for course reserve must be in compliance with U.S. copyright law and the policy outlined herein. Materials (primarily books and DVDs) placed on course reserve will be be made available within the libraries.

What Can and Cannot be Placed on Course Reserve

The following may be placed on course reserve:

  • Entire works or sections of works that are in the public domain
  • Entire works or sections of works by the U.S. government
  • Entire books or scores in their original (hard copy) format, made available within the libraries
  • Copyrighted materials for which the instructor has obtained appropriate permission

Amounts of materials intended for course reserve are limited to those normally required as course assignments. Library staff reserve the right to refuse materials if, in their judgment, the requested materials and intended use would exceed fair use or otherwise constitute copyright infringement. The following are examples of materials that might infringe copyright and are not normally permitted for course reserve:

  • Consumable works (e.g., workbooks)
  • Textbooks
  • Practice tapes
  • Commercial anthologies (or use of other publications to substantially replicate an anthology normally purchased by students)
  • Course packs
  • Works that replicate an excessive portion of a copyrighted work, including anthologies
  • Works prohibited by licensing restrictions

Copyrighted materials used in course reserve must be legally owned in their original format by the UConn Library, a UConn academic department, or the course instructor, or they must be the subject of an appropriate license granted to UConn for that purpose.