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Sharing Course Materials: Course Packs

  • Course packs have been determined to have less leeway for use of copyrighted material under fair use. For a thorough explanation see the Stanford Fair Use Center.
  • Faculty are responsible for getting permission to include articles, book chapters, and other copyrighted material in a course pack. The Copyright Clearance Center is one of the most widely used methods of obtaining permission. Copyright charges may apply. More information and a request form are available from Print Services.
  • When material is in the public domain you may share it without seeking any permissions. This chart from the Cornell Copyright Information Center summarizes what US works are in the public domain.
  • Information Services signs licenses with publishers and vendors which govern the use of digital resources. Most licenses forbid inclusion of material in course packs or sharing downloaded articles or book chapters on Moodle or file sharing sites. Sharing a link to licensed material is always allowed (use these instructions to create persistent links.)