No one should post copyrighted course content electronically without first obtaining permission from the copyright owner; or concluding after a reasonable “fair use” analysis using the factors that qualify as fair use.
To obtain permission from a copyright owner to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or create derivative works an instructor should contact one of the many organizations that offers assistance in securing permission to use copyrighted works.
TEACH Act Toolkit
Filing a Course Pack
Undergraduate & Graduate (non-Law School)
Vince Perkins, Assistant Director for Information Products & Services, University Shop
Amy Spare, Faculty Services Librarian and Legal Research Instructor
Information on Course Reserves
Falvey Library regularly assists faculty members in placing print copies of copyrighted documents on reserve in the library and placing electronic copies of copyrighted documents on reserve on the instructor's WebCT course. In addition to copyright issues related to library reserve items, there may also be copyright compliance issues pertinent to copying or digital conversion of materials in the collection for research or instructional purposes. For information on library-related copyright issues, you can consult with Merrill Stein at (610) 519-4272. Advice provided by the library in these areas is limited to questions of policy and does not constitute legal advice.
Villanova Law School Library assists law faculty in placing print copies of copyrighted materials on reserve in the law library and placing electronic copies of copyrighted materials on class reserve through the following Website or directly on the instructor's Blackboard course. Please consult Regina Kozul at (610) 519-7020 or Justin Barber at (610) 519-6706 or (610)519-5201.
Online Resources - Blackboard/WebCT Vista
See the American Library Associations website, TEACH Act Best Practices Using Blackboard