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Student Coursepacks Need Copyright Permission

It may be a difference in when you went to college or graduate school, but most likely you're familiar with "coursepacks," those stacks of paper copied from portions of textbooks, articles and other publications that are part of almost every college course syllabus.  They're in the news now because of what's not included in a lot of those copies:  permission to use copyrighted material.

A number of publishers have been filing suits, and one in particular has filed almost 20 lawsuits against the copy centers located close to college campuses.  So far only the copy centers have been targeted, but as we know from the Napster case and other precedent, the Universities, colleges and professors could also find themselves targets of the litigation based on contributory copyright infringement

Although the sales of coursepacks is relatively small compared to textbooks - the National Association of College Stores says it's about two percent - the sales total just less than a quarter of a billion dollars.  That's a big market chunk not to regulate.

Obtaining permission isn't difficult or too time consuming.  Just contact the Copyright Clearance Center and follow these instructions.  The Association of American Publishers has suggestions, as well. 

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