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Fair Use and Copyright


Copyright and Fair Use are a big part of our academic lives and we encounter it everyday in situations such as: requesting an article through Interlibrary Loan, to putting material on reserve at the library for your class, and to deciding what's appropriate to put on MyCourses, just to name a few ways.  The Committee on Fair Use has created this guide to help with the education of these issues as well as to make it as easy as possible to do the right thing. 

Current Members

Jo-Ann Cooley, co-chair
Deirdre Confar
Alison Cywin
Judy Farrar
Kayla Faught-Hodgson
Damon Gatenby
Kari Mofford
Susan Raidy-Klein
Rachel Rebello
Tracey Russo, co-chair
Matt Sylvain
Emma Wood

Committee on Fair Use

We are a group made up of librarians, library staff, and instructional designers. Concerns and questions surrounding copyright and fair use drove us to create a group. 


To educate the UMassD academic community on guidelines and best practices for implementing fair use of copyrighted works for educational purposes.  The committee will keep the UMassD community informed of emerging trends and ongoing legal developments through presentations and sponsorship of educational programs.


  1. To educate and adopt ARL code of best practices.
  2. To develop uniform set of principles to guide use of copyrighted resources by members of the UMassD community.
  3. To expand understanding by UMassD faculty, students, researchers, staff and library users of their rights within the provisions of the Fair Use Act  to use portions of copyrighted works without permission of the copyright holder.
  4. To expand membership to include members from the UMass D community including a representative from the Office of Faculty Development, Faculty Federation, and the Bookstore.


  1. To inform and promote compliance with provisions of the Fair Use Act in order to maximize scholarly communication and access to content.
  2. To minimize copyright misuse and conflicts in an era of accelerating development of online learning programs and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).