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Typically, books, articles and such compiled for course packets are intellectual property.
Authors have earned and deserve credit and compensation for the use of this property.
The law applies whether the materials are viewed in the original published form or as a reproduction.
U.S. Copyright Act of 1976:
The act of reproducing copyrighted material itself is not illegal.
Numerous law suits have been filed and won based upon the legal/illegal distinction.
The act of reproducing copyrighted material without permission is illegal.
Criminal and civil penalties can be imposed for such violations.
U.S. Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990:
States: "...that any State, any instrumentality of a State acting in his or her official capacity, shall not be immune... from suit in Federal court by any person."
This includes any governmental or non-governmental entity, for a violation of any of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner.