Copyright and Audio-Visual Works

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.

Copyright Information for Educators

General Information

  • United States Copyright Office. Copyright basics, FAQ, publications, etc. Or, register your own work. A summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is available as a PDF file (69KB).

Reserves Policies

General Information

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.


Copyright Notice for E-reserves

Information Technology Policies

Use the links below to access the IT Department policies.

As in other aspects of College life, members of the Amherst community are bound by the Statement of Intellectual Responsibility and the Statement on Respect for Persons in all work done using IT facilities or equipment.

Constitution Day 2010


Georgia K. Harper

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old -- Copyright and fair use information

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.