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Copyright Clearance

The Copyright Clearance Office can easily take care of all your course packet needs. The Copyright Clearance Office serves the University community and operates within the Multimedia & Print Center, allowing one-stop service for all of your needs. Our mission is to produce for you the highest-quality instructional materials at the best possible price, and to make sure they get to the bookstore or your department on time.

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Permissions, E-Cataloging, Production, Distribution, Quick Add-Ons, Easy Reorders, Cancellations

Our staff will request copyright permissions via:

- the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
- our site license with Harvard
- publishers

You may submit articles in advance of your entire packet to help expedite the permissions process. We'll keep you updated on the status of permission requests, as well as production timelines.

We are your official University resource for obtaining copyright approvals for course packets and other publications. In fact, Policy AD-46 states that utilizing our services for copyright approvals ensures staff members and their departments will not be liable for financial responsibility in the event of copyright infringement.

Your documents can be scanned into our digital management system for easy clean-up, de-skewing, pagination, and optimal quality. Your documents will be retained in our "e-catalog" for future reference, manipulation, and production.

All packets are produced at our full-service digital center. You will have the opportunity to review a proof copy before your packets are produced. Packets include:

- black-and-white and color copies
- Penn State cover with your course information
- custom covers at additional costs
- complimentary three-hole drilling and shrink-wrapping
- additional binding and other production options

Your course packets will be sent directly to the Penn State Bookstore on campus. We'll also deliver directly to your office a minimum of two free instructor copies.

Quick Add-Ons
Sometimes actual enrollment exceeds estimated levels. We can expeditiously produce additional course packets; packet add-ons called in by 4:00 p.m. will be ready for the bookstore by the morning of the next business day.

Easy Reorders
Simply give us a call if you are planning to use the same packet for a subsequent semester or session. We'll pull all of the information to request copyright permissions as necessary and get started promptly on your packet.

The bookstore is not charged for any course packets cancelled prior to production.



Providing materials to the Copyright Clearance Office by the following dates will help to ensure that course packets are available for the first day of class. However, please contact our office about turnaround times even if these dates have passed.

Semester Course Packets with Copyrighted Material Course Packets without Copyrighted Material
Spring 2014
Classes Begin 1/13/2014
October 14, 2013 December 9, 2013
Classes Begin 5/12/2014
April 4, 2014 April 28, 2014
Summer I 2014
Classes Begin 5/19/2014
April 14, 2014 May 1, 2014
Summer II 2014
Classes Begin 7/2/2014
May 26, 2014 June 16, 2014
Fall 2014
Classes Begin 8/25/2014
July 19, 2014 August 4, 2014


Contact Us

Permission requests and course packet orders may be submitted to the Copyright Clearance Office by phone, fax, e-mail, pickup and delivery, or in person.

Copyright Clearance Office
Hostetter Business Services Building
(Behind the Flower Gardens, next to the Housing and Food Services Building)
Phone: 814-865-7544
Fax: 814-863-8935


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