Faculty/instructors need to determine whether the use of a copyrighted work requires permission or if the fair use exception is applicable. Library personnel are available to provide assistance in obtaining publisher’s permission or to help in interpreting the four factors of fair use.
If the fair use exception is to be used, complete a copy of the fair use checklist before posting a link or PDF to Canvas. Keep checklists on file indefinitely.
The fair use exception does not give instructors the freedom to use copyrighted materials solely on the basis that the material will be used for educational purposes. There are a total of four factors that must be evaluated:
- The purpose and character of the use
- The nature of the copyrighted work
- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole
- The effect of the use on the potential market for the work
Under fair use, there are general guidelines in regards to the amount of a copyrighted work that can be used. The general allowable use is:
- Single article from one source
- A poem of 250 words or less
- One book chapter or 10% of the book, whichever is less
Student papers/projects cannot be posted without written permission of the student.
Permissions for articles, book chapters, etc. that are not available from the GT library are granted for one semester only. Permission must be requested for use in subsequent semesters.
Articles that are available in GA Tech’s databases cannot be scanned posted.
Content from eBooks cannot be scanned and posted.
Copyrighted material must have complete bibliographic citation noted when posted.