How does fair use apply to articles I want to digitize for inclusion in my Canvas course?


If you limit materials to single articles from journals or chapters from books available through the library's holdings/subscriptions (or items owned personally by you or another faculty member), you may link to digitized materials, or even digitize materials yourself, for use in your online course.

In order to do this, the course must be password protected and accessible only to students currently enrolled in the course, which can be assumed to be the case for all Rush University courses in Canvas (but may not be true for non-academic/non-course Canvas sites, pages on the Rush University Portal, or personally hosted web pages). The digitized materials must be removed at the end of the term, even if the online course remains available to students after the term ends. The safest way to do this is to set a date for the posted material to become unavailable to students at the point when it is posted.  

If you plan to use digitized materials in a subsequent term or beyond the end of the term in which they were first made available, you must get permission from the copyright owner. 

Please note these guidelines do not apply to posting or sharing links to e-journals, e-books, and other online resources provided by the library in your online course or on your e-reserves page. It is always okay to post a link to something that is available online through the library, and you never need to ask permission to do so. 

  • Last Updated Dec 04, 2023
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  • Answered By Peter Tubbs

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