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Copyright Law and Policies

It is the policy of Lee Health to comply with federal copyright laws, state laws and regulations, licenses, and contractual obligations that control the system's use of copyrighted materials and intellectual property belonging to others. The Lee Health Medical Libraries will comply with the Copyright Law (Title XVII U.S. Code, Chapter 1), including Section 108, Reproduction by Libraries, and Section 107, "Fair Use."

All document delivery requests and photocopying services are subject to copyright compliance. Library staff may refuse any request that violates the copyright law or Lee Health copyright policy. Patrons wishing to reproduce a protected work that does not meet the Library Reproduction or Fair Use criteria must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

To determine if you need permission, use the Exceptions for Instructions in U.S. Copyright Law evaluation e-tool from the American Library Association.

Fair Use Information

To determine if you need a permission to copy the material you need, use the tools from the American Library Association's Copyright Advisory Network:

10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained  

"Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside"  , by John C. Newman and Robin Fieldman, The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 29, 2011, vol. 365, pp. 2447-2449. (free full-text)

Sample Letter Requesting Permission to Copy