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Information in this page was reviewed and approved by legal counsel. Please see disclaimer. Review date: January 2009 .

Additional Copyright Information of Library Staff

These links are provided as a service to library staff.

Copyright Advisory Network -- Sponsored by the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy, the website is a way for librarians to learn about copyright and to get help when they have copyright troubles. The purpose of the site is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns, and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists.

Copyright Notices:

Copyright Notices on Library Reproductions -- Section 108 of the U.S. copyright law allows libraries to reproduce copyrighted works under certain conditions. Those reproductions must include the original item's copyright notice (e.g., © 2006 John Doe) or other appropriate notice. Follow link for details.

Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions -- Appropriate notices must be prominently posted verbatim and in a prescribed format at places where orders for reproductions are accepted by the library or archive and at all public and staff self-service facilities used for reproduction of copyrighted materials. They must also be included on reproduction order forms (print or electronic) supplied by libraries and archives.

Definition of "Reasonable Effort" -- Section 108 of the Copyright Act allows libraries to reproduce published and unpublished materials under certain conditions provided that a "reasonable effort" is made to determine that the material cannot be obtained at a fair price from other sources.

Know Your Copy Rights -- Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries. This is a "Web site for librarians who are developing positive educational programs for academic users of copyrighted materials in U.S. not-for-profit institutions."

UConn's Digital Collections: Information for Staff -- Has checklists regarding development of a digital collection including copyright statements, licensing, etc.

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