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The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other 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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.

The CONTU guideline for "fair use" is 5 articles from the last 5 years of the journal. Royalty fees must be paid for all articles requested above "fair use" each year. As a member of the Copyright Clearance Center, the library will pay the royalty fees for articles 6-15 copied from a periodical title. After the limit is reached, the requester will be asked to pay the royalty fee for additional articles from that title.

Interlibrary Loan Department
University of South Alabama Biomedical Library
5791 USA Dr N, Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 460-6891