Safest Use

  • Based on previous court decisions (Basic Books Inc. v. Kinko's Graphics Corp., 758 F.Supp. 1522 (S.D. N.Y. 1991 and Princeton Univ. v. Michigan Document Servs., 99 F.3d 1381 (6th Cir. 1996)), it is clear that Fair Use does not apply to coursepacks sold to students.

  • The safest use with regard to coursepacks is to obtain copyright clearance for all materials included in the coursepack. Pacific University will not produce coursepacks without copyright clearance for all materials included. The Service Center will work with you to obtain needed permissions.

  • For more information on obtaining copyright clearance, please visit here.

Dangerous Use

  • Compiling a coursepack without obtaining copyright clearance for all materials included.

  • Compiling and distributing a coursepack on your own (whether or not you charge your students).

  • Compiling a digital coursepack and posting it to your Blackboard course, e-reserve page, or personal website.



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