Do I need permission to use a book, eBook, or book chapter?
Using the flowchart below, determine if your use of a book(s) requires obtaining permission from the creator or purchasing a license.
Scenario #1: Copying Textbook Material
Question: Multiple students in the classroom have been asking me to make copies of the chapters we’re reading in the textbook. Am I able to do this?
Answer: No, making copies of multiple chapters for multiple students would not fall under fair sse. This could be considered a copyright breach due to such a large amount of material being copied and made available to so many. Ultimately, this could mean that the copyright holder’s sale of the textbook is impeded or reduced by your actions (which is a copyright violation). However, portions of chapters could be copied as requested by individual students. Review information about copyright and fair use by clicking on the Copyright Law Resources and Fair Use Guidelines tabs on the left.
Scenario #2: Using an eBook
Question: I found an eBook on the internet that I’d like to use as a supplemental resource in my course, is this allowed?
Answer: It is possible that you may be able to use a copyright protected eBook in your online course; however, it depends on where you accessed the eBook. If you found the eBook within one of the library databases, such as eBooks via EBSCO , you likely can use the book; however, you must consult with your programmatic Librarian to ensure that the eBook has the proper licensing for use in your course. In addition, if the eBook is covered by Creative Commons licensing, and you provide attribution, you can utilize the eBook in your class. On the other hand, if you found the eBook via a simple Google search, and the eBook is not under Creative Commons licensing, then you must either obtain permission or purchase a license to utilize the eBook.
Scenario #3: Using a Print Book
Question: I found a chapter in a print book that I own, can I scan and embed this text in my online class?
Answer: Typically, no, you cannot scan and embed chapters from a copyright protected print book into an online course. A better approach would be to work with your programmatic Librarian to determine if you can gain access to an electronic version of the print book through the library’s databases. Alternatively, you could request permission , or obtain a license to digitize the work for your course.
Open Access Resources
Purchasing a License for Print Material
Copyright fees can be paid to the Copyright Clearance Center for protected text materials such as journal articles or books.
Upload permissions granted/received to the Permissions Documentation Library using the following naming convention: