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Intellectual Property:

  • 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.

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