The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified by law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or other 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.

Michigan State University reserves the right to refuse a copying order if fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.

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