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Five Publishers File Copyright Suit Against Coursepack Producers

Five publishers of STM publications have filed suit against Paradigm Books, Inc. of Austin, Texas, Paradigm Course Resource, Inc. of Minneapolis and their president and owner Robert Pyeatt for copyright infringement. The suit, filed by Elsevier, Inc., The MIT Press, University of Chicago Press, Sage Publications, Inc., and John Wiley & Sons, Inc., charges the defendants routinely photocopied materials from their publications without authorization.

The defendants operate copy shops near the campuses of several colleges and universities in Minnesota and Texas. The publishers' complaint, filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the central district of Illinois-Urbana-Danville Division, alleges that one or more of the defendants are also doing business near the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the name Notes & Quotes.

The primary purpose for which the defendants copy the publishers' materials is the preparation and sale of coursepacks, in which selected readings for a college or graduate course are compiled and photocopied for use in a particular class. Copy shops cannot reproduce and sell coursepacks without permission from the rightsholders. The case is the latest in a series of cases being coordinated by Copyright Clearance Center.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

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