Electronic Course Reserves
Last update: 12/28/11
The following statement concerning copyright restrictions will be prominently displayed in each ECR area:
WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Pursuant to the federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code),
it is presumptively unlawful to reproduce, distribute, or publicly display
any copyrighted work (or any substantial portion thereof) without
the permission of the copyright owner. The statute,
however, recognizes a "fair use" defense that has the
effect of excusing an act of copyright infringement.
It is the intention of Nova Southeastern University to
act within the parameters of the fair use defense in allowing
limited posting of copyrighted materials in Electronic
Course Reserve areas such as this one.
It is the intention of Nova Southeastern University, moreover,
that such materials be made available solely for the purposes of
private study, scholarship, and research, and that any further
reproduction of such materials by students, by printing or
downloading, be limited to such purposes. Any further reproduction of
copyrighted materials made from this computer system may be in violation
of copyright laws and is prohibited.
Material in each Electronic Course Reserve area is to be accessible
only to students enrolled within the course.
At the end of each course, copyrighted material (other than that for which
permission to reproduce has been obtained from the copyright owner)
will be immediately removed from the Electronic Reserve Course system and all access links will be deactivated.
Materials created by the instructor, or created by other faculty members
and/or students and used with their permission, may be freely placed in an
ECR area and retained thereon indefinitely.
Examples of such materials include, but are not limited to, the following:
In addition, materials published by the federal government, or any agency thereof,
is not subject to copyright restrictions and may be freely used.
- Homework assignments
- Study guides
- Lecture notes
- Student papers
- Visual aids
Material that may be placed in an Electronic Course Reserve area without
obtaining copyright permission includes the following:
- Two articles from a journal issue per course.
- One chapter, or 15%, from a single work per course.
Materials placed in an Electronic Course Reserve area are intended to
supplement, not replace, textbooks or coursepacks.
Posted readings should not constitute more than 35% of the required readings
for the course. Any requests that exceed this percentage will be
considered to be an electronic coursepack. As such, the
necessary copyright permissions must be obtained prior to posting.
For the purposes of this section, the word "course" refers to the teaching of a
particular curricular offering by a particular instructor.
- Uses of copyrighted material which require the permission of the copyright owner include:
- A journal article, magazine article, or book chapter intended for use for more than
- Multiple chapters from a single book or multiple articles from a single journal
- Permission to use a copyrighted work may be sought in a number of ways:
- Through the NSU Copyright
- Through the Copyright Clearance Center,
- Except as provided in paragraph 6, a course instructor shall, with respect to each item placed in an ECR area,
- Provide proof that permission has been attained from the copyright owner or state
in writing, that no such permission is needed