Copyright Clearance Center

Annual Copyright License

The University of South Florida has acquired the Annual Copyright License for Academic Institutions through the Copyright Clearance Center.  The Annual Copyright License enables USF faculty, staff, and students to reproduce and distribute specific copyrighted content that falls under this license, in both print and digital form, across campus and via email, with the confidence that sharing of this content is being done within copyright laws and USF guidelines.

Administered by the USF Libraries and made possible through USF Student Technology Fees, USF will be covered under a three year license until 2014. The license includes all USF campuses and for those studying abroad and in distance education programs.

Some common uses covered by the license include:

  • Course content in Blackboard
  • Course packs (print and electronic)*
  • Classroom handouts
  • Library reserves (print and electronic)
  • Research collaboration

*There is a separate license for each third party course pack provider such as ProCopy. These licenses will reduce costs for USF students as the copyright fees will be covered by this license and will no longer be passed on to the students.  As of 3/22/12, licenses with these third party providers are not in place. As licenses are signed, the list of providers will be posted here.

How does one determine if the copyrighted material falls under the Annual Copyright License?

Verify coverage in 3 simple steps at:


If you have questions concerning the Copyright Clearance Center or the Annual Copyright License, you can contact:

Merilyn S. Burke
Tampa Library
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 974-4561