Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 20

The Emory Libraries Intellectual Property Rights Office serves the faculty, students and staff of Emory by assisting with copyright and scholarly communication issues, and promoting Open Access. The IP Rights Office offers a variety of services, including assistance with author agreements and book contracts, copyright questions, and permissions.

  • Author Agreements & Book Contracts: Assistance with author agreements, including ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy for peer-reviewed articles resulting from NIH grant funded research.
  • Copyright Issues: Assistance with questions on a variety of copyright issues, including fair use, classroom guidelines, and how to obtain permissions.
  • Permissions: Assistance seeking copyright permissions for scholarly publications, including identifying copyrights holders, as well as obtaining copyright permissions, and the payment of any associated fees, for electronic reserve materials placed on ReservesDirect.
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Assistance with copyright issues specifically pertaining to theses and dissertations, including permissions and using previously copyrighted materials in your thesis or dissertation.

In addition, regular workshops on copyrig/services/course-reserves/reserves-copyrightht for educational use and author’s rights are offered. Also, we will provide workshops tailored with a particular focus or topic upon request.

For more information or to arrange a consultation, please use our webform, or contact Lisa Macklin (404-727-1535).



Copyright for Course Reserves and Blackboard (go to webpage for up-to-date information):

All content placed on Reserves Direct and Blackboard must comply with U.S. Copyright law. No one should post content consisting of copyrighted material or portions of copyrighted material without first:

  • determining that the content falls within the public domain,
  • obtaining permission from the copyright owner, or
  • determining, after a reasonable analysis, that the content is a fair use for which permission is not required.

If you are a Blackboard user interested in posting content (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) for which you do not own the copyright, please work through the Reserves Direct system, and our library staff will assist you with permissions, fair use, public domain, and other issues. You can then create a link to the content on Reserves Direct from within your Blackboard course. For more information, contact the Reserves Team.

Please be aware that the Libraries review all materials uploaded to Reserves Direct in order to determine if those materials fall within Fair Use and our license agreements.

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