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UW's Copyright Permission Center (CPC):

  • Contacts publishers
  • Obtains permission to copy material

  • Calculates and pays the proper royalties

  • Prints the course materials

  • Sells the course packet through University Book Store

Do you need permission to copy materials for course packs?
Quite possibly, yes. If your use is outside the scope of fair use, you need to obtain permission to make multiple copies of articles from periodicals, chapters of books and other copyrighted materials. If you need to obtain permission, you may contact the copyright owner yourself, or you may use the UW Copyright Permissions Center (CPC) to clear materials you wish to use in a course packet.

What materials can you use in course packs without permission?

  • Works not protected by copyright
  • Works that you own

  • Works for which you have a license that covers this use

Do you have to use UW's CPC for course materials?
No, but you do need to respect copyright. If you are using an alternate copy service, using an on-line course pack service, or placing your course reading materials on a web page, you are responsible for making sure the copying doesn't violate copyright law.

How to use the CPC:
There are 6 copy center locations on campus to help you with your copying needs. Give the CPC a call at 685-7969 with any questions or to arrange for the CPC to pick up your completed order form and materials.

  • Fill out a Copyright Permissions Request Form

  • Submit requests to CPC

  • CPC will obtain permissions and prepare Course packs

  • All materials cleared for use will be printed and ready for the first day of class
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