Harold B. Lee Library

Copyright Compliance

In compliance with the United States Copyright Law, section 108, The Harold B. Lee library is authorized to photocopy or reproduce materials provided that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research” (U.S. Copyright Law, section 108.d.1). If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Therefore, with regard to photocopying:

  1. In accordance with the Commission on New Technological Uses (CONTU) guidelines, the Lee Library will borrow up to five articles published within the past five years from any one journal in one calendar year.
  2. In order to ensure fairness for all patrons and to discourage the photocopying of  “aggregate quantities” (U.S. Copyright Law, section 108.g.2) of a publication, the Lee Library will restrict borrowing to a maximum of two articles per journal issue in one calendar year.
  3. Similarly, with regard to reproducing of photocopying chapters from books, the Lee Library will only ask another library to furnish one chapter per a book.

BYU’s executive summary of the university copyright policy states “All members of the BYU community—faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and patrons—are expected to respect the rights of copyright owners as established by relevant state and federal laws. Members of the BYU community who disregard the Copyright Policy may be in violation of the Church Educational System Honor Code; may jeopardize their employment; may place themselves at risk for possible legal action; and may incur personal liability.”

The Lee Library ILL staff reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.