Intellectual Property

I want to assign a book or chapters from a book not yet in the public domain.

Start by:

Providing the full citation—in the style that you prefer your students to use—for the book that you have selected.  For example (in APA style): Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and Copywrongs. New York: New York University Press. Or see "Citing What You Find."(To comply with the TEACH ACT, all materials must be fully cited each time you assign or use them.) Add a copyright notice, © 2001 New York University, and a disclaimer like this one:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, university libraries and archives are authorized to provide reproductions. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction be used for academic study, scholarship, or research only. This material has been made available solely for use in this course. The material may not be distributed to any person outside this class, electronically or in paper form without specific permission from the copyright holder. If you use a reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use without permission, you may be liable for copyright infringement. Further, circumvention of technological protection measures (Section 1201) is against the law.

Then:

Order the book as soon as possible. (Even if you are only using a small portion of the book, students must have the information they need and the opportunity to purchase the book.) Contact Ben Brown, Broad Street Books, Wesleyan University Bookstore & Cafe, 860-685-7323, fax: 860-685-7338, email: brbrown@wesleyan.edu. Students may also purchase the book new or used from any bookstore and places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Abe Books.

Then check:

Does Wesleyan own a copy of the book? http://ctwweb.wesleyan.edu:7003/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=sbSearch

Yes, Wesleyan owns a copy of the book.

You can:

  1. request that copies the book be put on reserve at the library (click the "request key" at the top of your successful search page).
  2. copy small portions of the book with the title page and have the reserve staffprocess the reading.
  3. bring the book to digitization specialist and request that a small portion be digitized. You may post the link to your course management system like Blackboard (turn guest access off) or add the link to your Wesleyan secure Web space.
  4. scan small portions of the book with the title page yourself and post the pdf to your course management system like Blackboard (turn guest access off) or add the link to your Wesleyan secure Web space.

You cannot:

  1. copy more than a small portion of the book (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so). A "small portion" is usually 10% or less of the book, and should not be central to the entire work.
  2. copy any portion of a textbook or workbook (a book published by a specialty printer specifically for use in the academy) without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so.
  3. post links to chapters on the World Wide Web (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).
  4. print the chapters and put them in a coursepack (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).

No, Wesleyan does not own the book that I need for my course.

You can:

  1. speak to a collection development librarian and ask that the University Library purchase the book.
  2. If the University Library cannot purchase the book, or has ordered it, but the library copy will not arrive in time, you may place your own legal copy on reserve for your students to borrow http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/reserve/resvreq.html, and/or:
  • copy small portions of the book with the title page and have thereserve staff process the reading.
  • bring the book to digitization specialist and request that a small portion be digitized. You may post the link to your course management system like Blackboard (turn guest access off) or add the link to your Wesleyan secure Web space.
  • scan small portions of the book with the title page yourself and post the pdf to your course management system like Blackboard (turn guest access off) or add the link to your Wesleyan secure Web space.  

You cannot:

  1. copy more than a small portion of the book (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so). A "small portion" is usually 10% or less of the book, and should not be central to the entire work.
  2. copy any portion of a text book or workbook (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).
  3. post links to chapters on the World Wide Web (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).
  4. print the chapters and put them in a coursepack (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).

I want to assign a book or chapters from a book that is in the public domain.

Start by:

Providing the full citation—in the style that you prefer your students to use—for the book that you have selected.  For example (in APA style): Twain, M. (1884). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Harper and Row.

You can:

  1. find the book anywhere—Wesleyan Library, World Cat another library, your own shelf, on the World Wide Web, through interlibrary loan etc.—and use it, copy it, point to a link to any portion of it, or digitize it.
  2. create a hyperlink to a stable, reliable link on the WWW from within your course management system like Blackboard or from your secure Web space or from your personal Web site. The new page must open in a new browser window. Make sure to read through the copyright information on the site that you are pointing to. If there are embellishments to the work, you may need to ask permission or follow specific guidelines. If in doubt, ask the site's Web master. Make sure to provide the full citation to the work that you are accessing, and provide the link for the home page too if you are pointing to a deep link.
  3. put copies of the book on reserve for your students to borrow.
  4. order the book. (Even if you are only using a small portion of the book, students should have the information they need and the opportunity to purchase the book if it is available.) Contact Ben Brown, Broad Street Books, Wesleyan University Bookstore & Cafe, 860-685-7323, fax: 860-685-7338, email: brbrown@wesleyan.edu. Students may also purchase the book new or used from any bookstore and places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Abe Books; or the can read it online or download it from a site like Project Gutenberg, or Internet Public Library: Books.

You cannot:

  1. copy or print new introductions, new illustrations, new explanatory notes or other added material that would be copyrighted (without getting specific permission from the copyright holder to do so).
  2. assign, link to or use any portion of a work in the public domain without a full citation.

For assistance

Trevor West, Library Assistant - Acquisitions, twest@wesleyan.edu ext. 3829 (to ask the library to purchase a book) 
Library Reference Desk reference@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3873
Interlibrary Loan Office Ill@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3876 (for help finding a book outside the Wesleyan libraries)
Allynn Wilkinson, Digitization Specialist, awilkinson@wesleyan.edu, ext. 4954 (for questions on digitization)
Eunjoo Lee, Access Services Librarian, elee01@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3454 (for questions about the e-reserve system or the Copyright Clearance Center)
Diane Klare, Head of Reference, Olin Library, dklare@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3867 for questions about this Web site, or copyright issues in general)

For more information

"Is it Protected by Copyright?" Michael Brewer, ALA Office for Information and Technology Policy http://librarycopyright.net/digitalslider/
United States Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/
The Teach Act Toolkit: NCSU Libraries http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/scc/legislative/teachkit/
Copyright on Campus http://www.copyrightoncampus.com/
Education World http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr280e.shtml
Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/texts/bookmobile.php#thebookmobile
Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/
Internet Public Library: Books http://www.ipl.org/div/books/
CCC's Using Course Management Systems http://www.copyright.com/media/pdfs/Using-Course-Management-Systems.pd
Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/
Creative Commons search http://search.creativecommons.org/
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization's Copyright pagehttp://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=12313&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html 
Web Law FAQ http://www.patents.com/weblaw.htm 
Chilling Effects http://www.chillingeffects.org/
Russell, C. (2004) Complete Copyright, An Everyday Guide for Librarians. American Library Association.
Stim, R. (2004) Getting permission, how to license & clear copyrighted materials online & off. Berkeley, Nolo
Butler, R. P. (2004). Copyright for teachers and librarians. New York, Neal-Schuman Publishers.
Crews, K. D. (2000). Copyright essentials for librarians and educators. Chicago, IL, American Library Association.
Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and copywrongs: the rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity. New York, New York University Press.

Scenarios

Copyright Management Center http://www.copyright.iupui.edu/fuscenarios.htm