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Copyright Reminder

Just a friendly reminder about the fair use while using the copying or scanning equipment in the Rod Library. Fair use indicates that you can make: 

  • One copy of one article per issue of a periodical. 
  • One copy of one chapter per book if the book is divided into chapters, or one copy of 10% of the book if it is not divided into chapters.
  • One copy of 10% of a piece of music. 
  • One copy of one poem per book, up to 250 lines. 
  • One copy of no more than two pages from a children's book. 
  • One copy of one photograph, chart, or graph per book, unless these are within the context of an article or chapter and the entire text of the article is copied as well; then we can make one copy of each photograph, chart, or graph within that article or chapter.

Penalties for infringement are very harsh: the court can award up to $150,000 for each separate act of infringement plus a jail term.

Copying/ Scanning of books in their entirety for personal use or resale is illegal. 

More information about Rod Library Copyright policies can be found here in the Rod Library Guidelines section of the Copyright at the University of Northern Iowa User Guide.

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