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Copyright Basics

This guide provides information about using copyrighted materials in the online and face-to-face classroom. Disclaimer: This guide is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Coursepacks & Copyright

Course packs are compilations of material gathered by or at the request of faculty to serve as classroom texts or supplements.  Course packs have the potential to violate the original authors’ copyrights.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of an instructor wanting to create or use a course pack to clear copyright permissions for each document used in the course pack. 

BTC faculty wishing to use a course pack should first contact his/her dean, or department chair.  S/he should identify each document intended for use within the course pack.  The instructor then needs to provide written documentation of permission to duplicate and distribute the document.  Once all the documentation is obtained, the course pack can be duplicated and submitted through the proper channels for bookstore distribution. Please contact the BTC Bookstore for more information.

Due to the timeline for this, the instructor should allow one quarter before s/he hopes to implement the course pack.

There are several professional services and resources that can help with course pack copyright clearance.  It is up to the instructor to handle any fees associated with obtaining copyright clearance for course packs.

BTC Copyright Permission Form Letters

·         Print

·         Audio/Visual


Thank you to Austin Community College for granting permission to use the information from their copyright webpages.