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Canvas Integration: Copyright

Why use HCC Library eReserves?

  • Copyright compliance
  • Usage statistics
  • Persistent link for an online syllabus to a list of course materials or to individual items
  • 24/7 access
  • Simultaneous uses
  • No damage to master copy

Do eReserves replace print reserves?

  • Either may be placed on reserve
  • Print materials may be digitized and added to eReserves
  • Digitized documents will be password protected to ensure copyright compliance
  • Students will be able to access either the print or the online version
  • Copyright information will be added to both versions

What kinds of materials (and how much of them) may be placed on eReserves?

  • Print, sound, image, moving image, and other computer files may be added to eReserves
  • In general, no more than 10% or one chapter (whichever is greater) of a book may be digitized for eReserves
  • Movies are usually too large for the eReserve system. Licensed media should be embedded using available vendor or library LTIs or embed code snippets and/or links.
  • Copyright prohibits digitization or copying to eReserve systems in some instances

What kind of statistics can I get?

  • Statistics are available and updated 24/7 so that you may check the number of times your material has been accessed
  • The librarian can set up the eReserve so that you may see which students used the material, but you must specifically request this service

Can I add full-length books?

  • Public domain ebooks may be provided via eReserves, although if the display presentation is copyrighted then fair use guidelines must be followed
  • Books may not be photocopied for eReserves unless written permission to do so has been granted by the copyright owner
  • HCC libraries comply with fair use guidelines which most likely will limit the portion that may be copied to a chapter or small percentage of the whole book

How can I link to the eReserves for my course?

  • Links are provided through the HCC library catalog and can be easily copied
  • You may provide links to individual items, or to all the items (with individual links) for your course

Will the library staff scan my items for me?

  • Consult with your library staff
  • If your library does not have a scanner the Library/LRC Support Dept. may be able to assist on a limited basis
  • Some articles may already be available in electronic format, a librarian can assist with locating these

Which browser will my students need to use eReserves?

  • Most current browsers and versions will work
  • Most eReserve materials do not require special plugins
  • If special plugins are required, please consult with a librarian so that these may be provided to your students

Canvas vs. Library eReserves

  • Canvas allows you to provide your students online access to course materials, maintain grades, etc. Canvas does not monitor copyright issues.

  • eReserves is an online reserve system, hosted by the HCC libraries, to provide students with access to course materials like paper documents (articles, book chapters, class notes, old exams, homework solutions, etc.).

  • Students must login to view these with their HCC student W# and password.

  • If the item that is needed is in electronic format in a licensed database or eBook, linking, (instead of posting a downloadable copy), is preferable.

  • Canvas and eReserves can be used simultaneously when you have copyrighted material in eReserves but also want to manage your course through Canvas. 

Sample Copyright Notices

When using copyrighted works inside Canvas, you should include a Copyright Notice along with the material, generally on a separate cover sheet. You can choose from the suggested examples below.

Example 1 - The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the use of copyrighted materials including copying and distribution.  Fair use (Section 107) allows for limited use of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner.  Individuals using copyrighted materials in excess of fair use may be liable for copyright infringement. 


Example 2 - This material has been reproduced and communicated to you by or on behalf of Houston Community College in accordance with Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976 (Title 17, United States Code). The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the code. Any further reproduction or communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the code. Do not remove this notice.


Example 3 - Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). Pursuant to the federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code), it is preemptively unlawful to reproduce, distribute, or publicly display any copyrighted work (or any substantial portion thereof) without the permission of the copyright owner. The statute, however, recognizes a fair use defense that has the effect of excusing an act of copyright infringement. It is the intention of HCCS to act within the parameters of the fair use defense in allowing limited posting of copyrighted materials in online course areas such as this one. It is the intention of HCCS, moreover, that such materials be made available solely for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research, and that any further reproduction of such materials by students, by printing or downloading, be limited to such purposes. Any further reproduction of copyrighted materials made from this computer system may be in violation of copyright laws and is prohibited.

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