The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, provides protection to authors, creators and publishers of works. The law also grants privileges, such as Fair Use, to users of works for such purposes as comment, teaching, and research. The George A. Smathers Libraries values and respects copyright law, and encourages faculty, staff and students to educate themselves on the rights afforded to them as authors and as users of copyrighted works.
Libraries services such as Interlibrary Loan and course reserves comply with United States copyright law (Title 17, United States Code) and the policies of lending institutions. Materials are made available under limited exceptions to the rights of copyright holders as specified in 17 U.S. Code § 107, 17 U.S. Code § 108, and/or 17 U.S. Code § 109. Any further copying or any other type of reproduction or distribution in excess of Section 107, which specifies the scope of “fair use,” may infringe on the exclusive protections assigned to the creator or copyright holder. The Libraries reserve the right to refuse to fulfill an Interlibrary Loan request if, in staff’s judgment, that request would involve violation of copyright law.