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.
Reserves are materials and resources that professors have identified to use for a class. They can be either print (set aside for the class in a specific library) or electronic (accessible via the course Moodle page). Requests for material to be placed on reserve should be made at least 2 weeks before material is needed. The earlier reading lists are received, the more time library staff will have to recall books that have been charged out, to purchase or borrow books and articles not in the general library collection, or to scan documents.
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.