You are here

Photocopying for Course Use

It is the policy of Marlboro College to support the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 by subscribing to the "Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying" developed by the Ad Hoc Committee of Educational Institutions and Organizations on Copyright Law Revision, the Authors League of America, Inc., and the Association of American Publishers. (Copies available in the Library office, Bookstore, Dean of Faculty's office, and the Plant & Operations office.)

  1. Single copies for personal use in teaching or research or for student use in the library (e.g. reserve shelf for course reading).
    1. Out of print books and periodicals or journals that are at least five years old may be reproduced for this purpose without restriction.
    2. Current materials may be reproduced as follows:
      • a chapter from a book
      • an article from a periodical or newspaper
      • a short story, short essay, or short work
      • a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper
  2. Multiple copies for classroom use must include a notice of copyright and must not exceed one copy per student.
    1. Out of print books not available commercially and periodicals or journals that are at least five years old may be reproduced for this purpose without limit.
    2. Current materials for which publisher's or author's permission has been secured, may be reproduced as permitted. Publishers are usually accommodating in granting permission, and in most cases, it is granted without cost. (In some cases, however, a flat fee would be prohibitive for the small number of copies we are likely to need.)
    3. Current materials for which no permission has been secured can be reproduced only if they meet the following tests for brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect:


      • Poetry generally, a poem or excerpt less than 250 words.
      • Prose either a complete work of 10 pages or less, or an excerpt of not more than 4 pages or 10%, whichever is less, but in any event at least 2 pages.
      • Illustration 1 chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture per book or per periodical issue.


      • The inspiration and decision to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.


      • The material is for a single course.
      • No more than 1 complete (brief) work or two excerpts may be copied from the same author, nor more than 3 from a collective work or recent (last 5 years) periodical volume during each term.
      • No more than 9 instances of such multiple copying for one course during one class term.