In many cases you can eliminate the need for permission or paying a fee by simply providing your students with a link to the work rather than copying or downloading it for distribution.
If you hold the copyright or you are using materials with Creative Commons licensing terms, you may be able to upload these types of sources as documents to Blackboard Learning Management System. But providing links is the preferred way.
Typically Use of electronic resources today is commonly governed, not just by copyright, but also by licenses between owners and users. Your use rights can differ from license to license. Commonly a publisher’s or aggregator’s license with a research library will allow faculty and their students to:
Use our Course Reserves service to provide course readings in-person for checkout at the Egan Library.
This guide was created with the help of the following resources:
Know your copy rights: Tips for faculty & teaching assistants in higher education, an Association of Research Libraries guide Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 2.5 License
Copyright Advisory Services guide, Columbia University Libraries
There are four factors to weigh when considering whether a use of copyrighted material is considered a fair use. Information here is from Know Your CopyRights brochure.