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Provides a general overview of copyright issues for University of Maryland faculty and students.

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UMD Permissions?

For permission to use materials from publications produced by campus departments, programs, or research centers under the auspices of the University of Maryland, contact the UPub Copyright Clearing Center.


This is a guide to copyright information and issues for University of Maryland students and faculty prepared by University Libraries staff in cooperation with the UMD Office of General Counsel. 

Information in this library guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Using Course Reserves

The UMD Libraries will provide online access to required readings requested by instructors within the Course Reserves module in ELMS. These copyright guidelines govern this service:

While instructors are encouraged to make an initial assessment of whether use of the requested material qualifies as fair use, Course Reserves staff will also review requests for copyright compliance.      

To get started with placing materials on reserve:

Posting Readings Yourself

Instructors don't need to use e-reserves in order to share readings and other course materials with students. However, there are several things you should keep in mind if you are posting readings to ELMS yourself, such as conducting a fair use analysis of PDFs made from works protected by copyright. For more information, please consult the Best Practices for Posting Readings to ELMS document created by the Libraries' Copyright Discussion Group.