Answered By: Greg Armstrong Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015 Views: 27
If you can simply link to the item online there is no copyright issue. If you want to make a copy of something and place that copy in Blackboard there are copyright considerations. You may be able to copy a portion of the item under the fair use principle.
Use of an entire book, journal, video or CD is not within the principles of fair use, unless it is in the public domain or part of the Library's licensed resources. Otherwise, faculty members must obtain copyright permissions from the publisher in order to include a complete work on Blackboard, or another password-protected course web page.
As an alternative, the library will place books, videos, DVDs and CDs on reserve at the library for course use. If there is any doubt in your mind whether or not what you want to do is considered fair use, please contact David Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org), Greg MacDonald (email@example.com), or Kerry Kilpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your questions. As a general rule, it is always better to ask for permission than to get caught violating someone’s copyright.