A coursepack is a book containing academic material for use in the classroom. Coursepacks often contain excerpts from multiple publications, or they may consist of original material. All copyrighted material must be cleared for use every term.
Fair Use is a legal defense of copyright infringement that may allow instructors and students to share copyrighted material in a classroom environment if certain criteria is met.
OSU’s policy regarding Fair Use is that we must always have permission to distribute copyrighted material. If you want students to have their own copy of articles or book excerpts, including them in a coursepack will ensure no infringement occurs.
Publishers often do not allow more than 10% of the pages of a book to be copied, but sometimes more is acceptable. In some cases, an entire book may be reprinted.
Orders must be placed with both Printing & Mailing and the Beaver Store.
The Beaver Store offers both print and electronic format (PDF only).
For electronic coursepacks, access code cards are sold on the Beaver Store’s shelves. Codes are redeemed here. Access codes can also be purchased directly from this webpage, saving students a trip to the Beaver Store.
Coursepacks can simultaneously be offered as printed and electronic. In this case, the printed books will have an access code inside of the cover, allowing students to download a PDF to view on their computer or tablet. Printing may be restricted if there is any copyrighted material.
The price of a coursepack includes printing, bindery, and copyright fees. Electronic coursepacks only include copyright fees.
Rights holders charge anywhere from $0 to $1.00 per page for copyrights. OSU’s Copyright Specialist can determine the cost breakdown for your content.
Instructors may receive one desk copy for free. Additional desk copies are rolled into the cost of student packets.
Posting copyrighted material to Canvas is considered infringement unless you've obtained permission from the rightsholder. If you want students to have electronic access to your copyrighted sources, consider submitting an electronic coursepack to be distributed through the Beaver Store’s online platform.