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What You Should Know About Copyright Law

Users of any and all resources and equipment provided by the Eskind Biomedical Library are responsible for their own compliance with relevant copyright laws.

For further information, contact Vanderbilt's Copyright Clearance Services and learn about copyright topics from the U.S. Copyright Office. The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center also provides some useful educational materials on these topics.

Section 108(f)2 of the 1976 Copyright Act, as amended, provides that Copyright compliance is the responsibility of the person using the photocopy machines provided by the library.

Section 108(f)2

Nothing in this section- (2) excuses a person who uses such reproducing equipment or who requests a copy or phonorecord under subsection (d) from liability for copyright infringement for any such act, or for any later use of such copy or phonorecord, if it exceeds fair use as provided by section 107;

Section 108(f) protects the library and its employees from liability for copyright infringement that results from the unsupervised use of reproducing equipment located in the library, if the equipment displays a notice that the making of a copy may be subject to the copyright law.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.