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Obtaining Permission

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.

Third-Party Services

The following service will obtain copyright permission for clients. Please note that posting does not imply endorsement.

Other Resources


More Information on Copyright

Copyright Educational Materials

● Obtaining Permission

● Plagiarism vs. Public Domain


Copyright Policy

Guidelines for Distribution



Training Materials

* teach_act_handout.pdf
Teach Act Handout
* copyright_and_teachact.ppt
Copyright and the Teach Act


Filing a Course Pack

Undergraduate & Graduate (non-Law School)
Vince Perkins, Assistant Director for Information Products & Services, University Shop
(610) 519-5019

Law School
Amy Spare, (she/her) Associate Director for Law Library Services & Legal Research Instructor, (610) 519-7188,

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 Nancy Foasberg (610) 519-5075. Advice provided by the library in these areas is limited to questions of policy and does not constitute legal advice.

Villanova Law School Library supports law faculty teaching by assisting with identifying course materials, providing links for Blackboard and obtaining permissions for print course packets. Faculty are responsible for selecting materials and making fair use determinations consistent with University policy. Please contact Liaison Law Librarian or  or for assistance.

For technical questions regarding posting on Blackboard/WebCT Vista, contact the Help Desk at (610) 519-7777.