Special Collections & University Archives Copyright Guidelines
Copies in any form provided by Cal Poly are not intended to include or imply permission of additional copyright holder(s). Researchers are responsible for observing all U.S. and international copyright regulations.
No more than five percent of a individual work or collection may be photocopied. Wholesale photocopying of copyrighted works, including senior projects and master’s theses, is not permitted. The following guidelines apply:
- No more than one-quarter of a book may be photocopied, with a maximum of 100 printed pages.
- No more than one-half of a pamphlet (more than 32 pages in length) may be photocopied, with a maximum of 50 printed pages.
- Broadsides, brochures and pamphlets of 32 pages or less may be photocopied in their entirety, if condition permits.
- No more than 50 photocopies per day from manuscript or archival collections.
When requesting and making use of copies, researchers assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights belonging to the creator or the creator's heirs or assigns. Researchers also accept responsibility for communicating with the holder(s) of copyright concerning permissions to quote or otherwise publish material protected by copyright.
Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, USC) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, archives and libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.