Showing a film can be important for teaching and other College activities. In many situations, it is also allowed under copyright law, but not all uses, even those for educational or non-profit purposes, are lawful.
The focus of the Library's Reserves is material for which copyright might apply. Class syllabi, practice exams, and problem sets are not covered by the service. Items will be placed on reserve at the request of the course instructor. Course reserve materials are intended solely for non-commercial, educational use.
Amherst College adheres to and promotes observance of U.S. copyright laws. Those laws protect the rights of authors, artists, composers, and other copyright holders without stifling scholarship and teaching. Therefore, the College also supports fair use of copyright materials by educational institutions.
What follows are brief, general principles to help members of the Amherst College community follow current US copyright laws.