Copyright Statement

The Columbia College Chicago Library observes all copyright and fair use provisions mandated by the United States Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17, United States Code). The fair use guidelines outlined in Section 107 of Title 17 allow that copyrighted works may be legally reproduced for certain limited, educational purposes. Educational use may not be sufficient to make the argument of fair use. Four factors must be considered to determine if the purpose falls under the provision of fair use. These factors are:

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

When Copyright Clearance is Needed

  • When materials required for a course do not meet the Fair Use guidelines of the U.S. copyright law
  • When a journal article is needed for more than one semester.
  • When multiple articles from the same journal issue are needed for reserve.
  • When a chapter from a book is needed for more than one semester.
  • When more then 10% of a book is needed for E-Reserves

Obtaining Copyright Clearance

The Columbia College Chicago Library will seek copyright clearance for items on E-Reserves. If the copyright holder’s fee is beyond the amount the library budget can afford, the library will advise the instructor to find an alternative.


Please email Course Reserves or call (312) 369-7152.