Collins Memorial Library

Copyright Policy @ Puget Sound


The copyright policy of the University of Puget Sound affirms the University’s commitment to comply with United States law pertaining to copyright as expressed in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and codified in various laws; to respect faithfully the property rights of authors and their assignees; to education members of the campus community about copyright law and rights and responsibilities under that law. The University also recognizes and encourages fair use of materials for purposes of teaching, research, scholarship, and commentary, as set forth in the copyright laws of the United States.

Fair Use

Fair use reserves limited rights for the public to use copyrighted material. There are four factors to consider when determining fair use:

  1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. Nature of the use
  3. Amount and substantiality of the use
  4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

Use the Checklist for Fair Use to help you determine if the proposed use of copyrighted material is fair. Do not assume that a non-profit, educational use or giving credit for the source of the work, or that limiting access to materials to students in the class creates an inherent fair use.

Guidelines for Posting Material on Moodle

  • Content is subject to fair use guidelines and copyright policies.
    • Add a copyright notice prominently within each course site.
      "The material posted on this course website is only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be retained or further disseminated."
  • Include appropriate citations and attributions for materials posted on Moodle.
  • The work must not be an unlawfully made copy of a work covered by US Copyright Laws.
  • Access to copyrighted materials must be limited to students currently enrolled in the class.
  • Copyrighted materials are limited to the duration of the course.
  • Obtain permission for materials you plan to use repeatedly for the same class or classes.

Using Journal Articles in Moodle

If the article is available online  through the Library's Journal Locator or licensed database, post the permalink or stable url. Ask a librarian if you need help locating an article or posting a link.

If the article is in a journal owned by the Library but not available electronically, scan the article and post the pdf link.


Supplemental Information from the University's Copyright Policy