General Library Policies
The Evergreen State College Library makes every effort to observe copyright law while allowing fair use of its materials in an educational setting.
Video and Film
Videos and films in The Evergreen State College collection are intended for classroom or private showing only. Any other use without written permission from the distributor may be in violation of copyright law. For more information regarding films and videos contact Jane Fisher at (360) 867-6087.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Individuals using photocopiers or computers in the Evergreen State College Library are responsible for any infringement.
- The distribution of the same photocopied material should not occur every quarter without expressed permission of the copyright holder.
- Each student should make only one personal photocopy. No multiple copies for others should be made.
- A copyright notice should appear on the first page of the portion of material photocopied.
- For more information, see the Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research, and Library Reserve Use published by the American Library Association.
Using Databases Responsibly
The Evergreen State College contracts with publishers and vendors to provide access to a number of electronic resources (databases, abstracts, ejournals, ebooks, full-text, etc.).
In addition to paying for these resources, the Library negotiates license agreements that stipulate how and by whom they may be used. If licensing terms are violated by anyone, licensors usually have the right to temporarily or permanently suspend access for the entire college community. You can help prevent problems by following the "do's and don'ts" and avoiding improper use.
Posting Materials Electronically
There are many questions regarding posting electronic materials for students in program Web sites, and the laws of copyright which govern distribution of electronic materials for a class or academic program. Guidelines for posting materials on a Web site fall within the Fair Use guidelines of copyright law. Library staff are happy to answer questions and assist in posting materials electronically. For more information on electronic posting, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
- Making limited print or electronic copies, such as single articles
- Posting links to specific content
- Sharing with Evergreen faculty, staff, and students
- Using for personal, instructional, or research needs
Usually Not OK
- Modifying, altering, or creating derivative works
- Posting actual content or articles to Web sites or listservs
- Selling or redistributing content
- Sharing with people other than Evergreen faculty, staff, and students
- Systematic or substantial printing, copying, or downloading such as an entire journal issue or book
- Copyright Tools - provides different, easy-to-use tools on assessing fair use, public domain rights, and more from the American Library Association
- The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance - Copyright Clearance Center
- U.S. Code Title 17: Copyrights
- Fair Use in the Electronic Age: Serving the Public Interest, a paper written by the American Library Association and other library associations.
- Educause Web site offers the U.S. Copyright Office Summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 including a brief summary and complete text.
- U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.
- File Sharing: Selected Universities Report Taking Action to Reduce Copyright Infringement. (PDF)