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Signage on Self-Service Equipment

Section 108(f)(2) gives protection to libraries, archives, and their employees from liability that may arise from the "unsupervised use" of photocopy machines and other equipment at the library, provided that the "equipment displays a notice that the making of a copy may be subject to the copyright law. . . ."

The law does not specify required content, placement, layout, or other details regarding the notices on self-service facilities. Below is a recommendation for UConn Libraries self-service facilities, including (but not limited to) photocopiers, printers, public computers, CD burners, scanners, and microfilm copiers.

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Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

The following simplified statement might be more appropriate in some circumstances, such as for non-photocopier equipment.

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

Form & Manner of Use

Use a bold font, minimum 18 point, and affix it on heavy paper or other placard to each machine where the user is likely to see it. In cases where this is not feasible, devise some adaptation. Either way, the sign(s) should be displayed prominently in such manner and location as to be clearly visible, legible, and comprehensible to—and clearly intended for—the user at the machine.

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Signage Where Orders Are Placed and on Forms

The following notice must be prominently posted at places where orders for reproductions are accepted by the library or archive. It must also be included on all reproduction order forms supplied by libraries and archives. See also Form and Manner of Use below.

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Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) 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 specified 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 for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Form and Manner of Use (Where Requests Are Taken)
  • Posted notices: A Display Warning of Copyright shall be printed on heavy paper or other durable material in type at least 18 points in size, and shall be displayed prominently, in such manner and location as to be clearly visible, legible, and comprehensible to a casual observer within the immediate vicinity of the place where orders are accepted. (Source: Title 37 "Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights", Section 201.14c.)
  • Notices on forms: An Order Warning of Copyright shall be printed within a box located prominently on the order form itself, either on the front side of the form or immediately adjacent to the space calling for the name or signature of the person using the form. The notice shall be printed in type size no smaller than that used predominantly throughout the form, and in no case shall the type size be smaller than 8 points. The notice shall be printed in such manner as to be clearly legible, comprehensible, and readily apparent to a casual reader of the form. (Source: Title 37 "Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights", Section 201.14c.)

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Information in this page was reviewed and approved by legal counsel. Please see disclaimer. Review date: September 2007.

Related Links:

Title 37: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights. PART 201—GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§ 201.14 Warnings of copyright for use by certain libraries and archives.

Signage (American Association of Law Libraries)

 

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