Answered By: Alison Gowers
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018     Views: 224

As of the 22nd December 2017, the existing statutory licences in Parts VA and VB of the Copyright Act 1968 will be replaced by one simplified licence (New Statutory Licence).

This means that in relation to works submitted to eReserve, the current prohibition on the online delivery of more than one part of the work at any one time will not apply from the 22nd December 2017. From a practical point of view, the copying and communication limits for online delivery of works should be applied at the course of study level.

For example, it will be possible to make two chapters from the same work available through eReserve provided each chapter is for a different course of study/course.

Limits to each item submitted to eReserve

  • For books, 10% of the total number of pages, or one chapter if the work is broken up into chapters.
  • For journal articles, one article from an issue of a journal, or more than one if they are on the same subject matter.

Due to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968, no more than a reasonable portion of a work may be uploaded to the University's eReserve at any one time. Where Library staff advise that a work cannot be uploaded because a reasonable portion of the work already exists on eReserve, staff members have these options:

  • Provide a copy of the work to the students via email or as a handout in class. This is only an option if that group of students have not already been provided with a reasonable portion of the same work by some other means, including eReserve, for that course of instruction. If you provide more than a reasonable portion to students then you are in breach of the Copyright Act 1968.
  • Consider if there is value in in identifying for students an alternative resource that could supplement or replace all or part of the work you intended to use more than a reasonable portion of. This could also improve student's breadth of reading.
  • Ask the Library to investigate options for acquiring a copy of the work. If the work is not available electronically then the Library can purchase print copies and restrict the borrowing privileges on some copies in order to promote wider circulation. If the work is available electronically then all students can have access to it.
  • Give students the citation details of the item and have them locate it themselves. This could also serve to improve student's research skills.

Contact your Library or the Copyright Officer for further assistance.


Please view the Copyright Guide on the University Library website for more information about the above topic as well as other areas of Copyright.