Copyright Policy And Guidelines

General Statement

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library provides access to print and other electronic resources, including Internet, free and subscription-based electronic resources and electronic course reserves. These resources are provided for scholarly research, instruction and non-commercial use. By using these resources, all library users agree to abide to the copyright, terms and conditions of each resource. Unauthorized use or access to the AUC Woodruff Library’s electronic resources may result in suspension of library privileges. In addition, individuals found liable for copyright infringement may be subject to substantial statutory damages in excess of $30,000 (17USC504,

Fair Use

Faculty, staff and students may, on occasion, have the need to reproduce copyrighted works in print or digital form. Section 107 of the U.S. Code on copyright (17USC107, ) addresses the fair use of materials and provides for limited copying and reproduction of copyrighted resources for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research.

Unacceptable Use

It is unacceptable to use the Library’s computers, the Internet, and electronic and print resources in a manner that violates copyright law. Violations will result in suspension of library privileges. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Unauthorized downloading, uploading or file sharing of copyrighted material, such as music, video files or other copyrighted material, such as music, video files or other copyrighted works
  2. Purposes that are illegal, unethical, harmful or fraudulent
  3. Purposes that violate fair use
  4. Use of resources for commercial purposes



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