The Salisbury University Libraries is 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 is also committed to promoting the rights of creators and providing expert guidance on author rights and other intellectual property issues.
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.