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Using Copyrighted Materials in Instruction: E-Reserves and iCollege/D2L

Covers copyright in general, exceptions, permissions, licensing, ereserves, course management systems

University System of Georgia Copyright Policy

The Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research (USG Copyright Policy) applies to library e-reserves and to course management (iCollege/D2L/Canvas).


Electronic Reserves

  • Instructors know details of the work and its intended use, so the instructor must evaluate whether permissions or a license are needed or whether the use of the work is a fair use. Instructors must fill out Fair Use Checklist for each work relying on fair use, and must KEEP A COPY that can be produced upon request.
  • Instructors must provide a citation for the work. It will not be posted without attribution.
  • If the library does not have a copy, the instructor must provide a lawful copy. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • The library will password restrict access to the work.
  • The library will terminate access at the end of the semester, and remove the materials.
  • There is no charge for use of e-reserves.
  • Where the work is already licensed by the library, a link to the work will be used instead of a copy.
  • Instructors can submit requests for items to be placed on e-reserve online.
  • Students can access e-reserves online.

Course Management System (iCollege/D2L)