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Library Copyright Policy and Guidelines

I. Photocopying

Photocopying and other reproductions in the EMU Library are regulated by Title 17, United States Code, which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials:

"Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.' If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of 'fair use,' that user may be liable for copyright infringement."

The EMU library reserves the right to refuse any copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.

II. Course Reserve Materials

Course Reserve materials are covered by Section 107 of the copyright law. See Course Reserves Information for Faculty for more information.

III. Multimedia Materials

Multimedia materials are also protected under the copyright law. Possession of a film or video does not include the right to show the work. Section 110(1) of the Copyright Act of 1976 creates an exception to the copyright holder's exclusive right of performance. See Using Video, DVD, and Film in the EMU Library [pdf] for our guidelines and policies.

For questions about the library policy, please contact Julia Nims at 734-487-2507 or [email protected].


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