Print Shop staff may refuse to accept a copying order if, in their judgement, fulfillment of the order would violate copyright law. Faculty members requesting reproduction of copyrighted materials by the Print Shop must complete a form which states:

All necessary copyright permissions have been obtained and any related fees paid, or that the reproduction of this copyrighted material is within the fair use doctrines and/or satisfies all the requirements of the copyright law of the United States. They must assume full responsibility for the reproduction of this material by the King’s College Print Shop and indemnify it and its personnel from any claim, liability, expenses, damages, or costs that may be incurred in connection with a charge of copyright infringement arising from the reproduction of the copyrighted materials.

Fair Use

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” 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.

Copying for Classroom Uses

Primary and secondary school educators have, with publishers, developed guidelines which allow a teacher to distribute photocopied materials to students in a class, without the publisher’s prior permission, upon compliance with these and other conditions:

  1. The distribution of the same photocopied materials does not occur every semester.
  2. Only one copy is distributed for each student, which must become the student’s property.
  3. The materials include a copyright notice on the first page of the portion of material photocopied.
  4. The students are not assessed any fee beyond the actual cost of the photocopying.