The Salisbury University Libraries are committed to adhering to all applicable U.S. laws regarding intellectual property. The Libraries are also dedicated to providing copyright education and an environment in which all library patrons can make responsible and ethical use of copyrighted works in any format while taking full advantage of their rights under the fair use doctrine.
The Libraries copyright guide serves as an informational resource for the campus community. This guide is not intended to offer or substitute for legal advice. It is intended to provide an overview of key copyright issues and guidance in the application of the U.S. copyright law. The Libraries will not assume legal responsibility for library patrons who fail to make a good faith determination or otherwise do not comply with copyright law.
For assistance in making a good faith determination and for issues related to intellectual property rights, please contact Victoria Martin, Scholarly Communications Librarian.
Title 17, Section 109 of the U.S. Code, known as the first sale doctrine, permits the owner of a lawfully purchased copyrighted work (e.g., a book or a DVD) to sell, lend, or share this particular copy without having to obtain permission from the copyright holder or pay copyright fees.
The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend items without legal hurdles but it does not allow libraries to make copies of copyrighted works.
Among key topics included in the DMCA are provisions concerning the circumvention of copyright protection systems, fair use in a digital environment, and online service provider (OSP) liability (including details on safe harbors, damages, and "notice and takedown" practices).
You are responsible for making sure that all the materials you use comply with copyright law.
Assume that these materials are protected by copyright unless you can determine with confidence that they are not.