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Copyright Center

Legal Cases

These legal cases are important for educators as they show what uses are not allowed and the consequences of violating copyright.

Houston School District Ordered to Pay $9.2 Million in Copyright Infringement Case
This 2019 case revolves around the copying and distribution of copyrighted study guides in a Houston, TX high school and school district; they were distributed as far away as New Jersey. The study guides included a statement that "strictly prohibited" copying and there was evidence that those involved knew it was infringement and knowingly infringed copyright.

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The GSU E-reserves Case Lumbers On
This infringement case (going on 11 years) of 3 publishers versus Georgia State University claims the latter's e-reserves system infringes the copyright of the publishers by using electronic copies of articles rather than traditional course packs. 

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