Copyright and Fair Use

The Library offers some guidelines to faculty in this statement on copyright and fair use.

Saint Mary’s College expects its faculty, staff and students to promote and abide by ethical standards in their teaching and learning practices as evidenced through academic scholarship. In an effort to support the College goal of ethical integrity in our scholarly pursuits, the Graduate & Professional Studies Educational Policies Committee, in collaboration with the Library, has created this resource's page. These resources are provided to assist the community to better understand the issues of Copyright and Fair Use as they apply to our academic activities.

For specific questions about Copyright & Fair Use, please contact the Office of General Counsel.(SMC login required)


Saint Mary’s College of California Technology Policies

From the Provost's Office, an explanation and links to policies relating to technology usage.


SMC Copyright Guidelines for Library Resources & Services

The SMC library provides information about copyright and fair use as it applies to library resources and services, specifically the course reserves service.


Stanford University Libraries Resources:

Copyright and Fair Use

Stanford has developed this excellent website with resources to help their faculty, students & staff interpret copyright and fair use. This links to an overview of the topic with content provided by Nolo Press, primarily based on the book, Getting Permission (2010) by Richard Stim.


Charts and Tools to Assess Fair Use

This little gem is part of the Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use website that links the user to tools available via the web to help assess fair use. It also provides links to the stellar Codes of Best Practices series found at Center for Social Media at American University that tackles issues about the use of multimedia.


Current Copyright Reminder

Annually, Stanford highlights changes and emerging issues for their faculty, staff & students. This document highlights copyright and fair use as they pertain to multimedia, peer to peer file sharing, podcasting and several other topics.


American Library Association:

Basic Copyright

The American Library Association has a nice set of links to general information about copyright & fair use and more specifically, information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, court cases, interpretative articles and tools to assess fair use. 


Government Websites:

U. S. Copyright Office

This is the official site of the United States Copyright office with links to information about copyright &fair use laws & policies.


Teach Act

This links to the U. S. Copyright office with information on Distance Education and the Teach Act (1999). It contains legislative information as well as practical interpretation for distance education instructors.


Copyright Law of the United States

The complete text of the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments are available at this site.


Books available in the Library:


Crews, K. D. (2006). Copyright law for librarians and educators: Creative strategies and practical solutions (2nd ed.). Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association.
Reference Room: 346.0482 C867L
[Note: the 2011 edition is on order by has not arrived yet]


Lipinski, T. A. (2006). The complete copyright liability handbook for librarians and educators. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
Reference Room: 346.0482 L663


Lindsey, M. (2003). Copyright law on campus. Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press.
Reference Room: 346.0482 L645


Strong, W. S. (1999). The copyright book: A practical guide. (5th ed.) Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Reference Room: 346.0482 St89a