In a university setting, there are three main exemptions to the
exclusive rights of copyright owners that apply come into play:
- Fair use,
- Copying by libraries,
- Copying for classroom teaching.
The exemptions for copying by libraries and for making copies for
use in the classroom are fairly straightforward.
The fair use exemption, on the other hand, requires much interpretation
not everyone agrees on what constitutes a fair use.
The good news is that there are some guidelines to help define
what many agree are reasonable fair uses of materials in certain
activities that commonly take place in universities. The bad news
is that the guidelines don't cover all activities and there are
few guidelines for putting materials on web pages. If you use any
material owned by someone else, be sure and include the copyright
notice or information on the author of the work and any other information
on the source of the work.