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Resource Sharing: Copyright Issues

This guide describes the various ways CDLC facilitates resource sharing while providing an overview of interlibrary loan basics.

Copyright Issues

Fair Use

Public Domain

Quick and Dirty ILL Copyright

You are Sending an ILL eForm

  • Rule of 5 (when requesting articles that were published within the past 5 years)
    • Within a calendar year (Jan- Dec) you can not request more than 5 copies of any articles from a given journal title. If you request more than 5 articles you must pay the publisher for the journal article.
  • Although the material is being used in an educational setting, it doesn't mean Fair Use is an excuse to get and distribute free copies of an item.
    • Use thisChecklist created by Cornell University to help determine if 'Fair Use' is applicable.
  • Patrons must be made aware of copyright.
    • Copies must prominently display the copyright warning. 

You are Filling an ILL eForm

  • You can not photocopy or scan more than half of a book unless it is in public domain/ out of copyright.
    • Most government documents are in the public domain.
  • When sending copies from a database/eJournal make sure it is within your contract to be able to do so.
  • Patrons must be made aware of copyright.
    • Copies must prominently display the copyright warning.

General Copyright Resources


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