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Copyright Policy

The Copyright Act gives an author the exclusive rights to his work, preventing others from selling, distributing, copying or performing it without his permission. Textbooks are also subject to copyright; however, there are certain aspects of the Copyright Act that pertain to the typical use of textbooks.

Fair Use

Copying a protected work without permission of the author is an infringement of copyright except when it is deemed "fair use" under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. Fair use explicitly allows use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Rather than listing exact limits of fair use, copyright law provides four standards for determination of the fair use exemption:

Purpose of use:

Copying and using selected parts of copyrighted works for specific educational purposes qualifies as fair use, especially if the copies are made spontaneously, are used temporarily, and are not part of an anthology.

Nature of the work:

For copying paragraphs from a copyrighted source, fair use easily applies. For copying a chapter, fair use may be questionable.

Proportion/extent of the material used:

Duplicating excerpts that are short in relation to the entire copyrighted work or segments that do not reflect the "essence" of the work is usually considered fair use.

The effect on marketability:

If there will be no reduction in sales because of copying or distribution, the fair use exemption is likely to apply. This is the most important of the four tests for fair use.

For a teacher, the following indicates a legal use of the Fair Use law in copying up to a chapter of a book:
1. Single copy for teacher for research, teaching, or class preparation.
2. Multiple copies (one per student per class) okay if material is (a) adequately brief, (b) spontaneously copied, (c) in compliance with cumulative effect test.
3. Copyright notice and attribution required.

The following indicates illegal use of copyrighted material:
1. Multiple copies used again and again without permission.
2. Multiple copies to create anthology.
3. Multiple copies to avoid purchase of textbook or consumable materials.

Cougar Copy Center and Columbus State University are required by law to abide by and enforce the copyrightlaws as found in U.S. Copyright Law,The Copyright Act of 1976, 17 USC , 107

Turn-around Time

Turn-around times consider all phases of your order individually and vary based on the process of the order. Feel free to contact us in advance of placing your order to receive estimates, verify turn-around times, ask questions about order, or request a consultation to ensure that all your needs are met properly and in a timely fashion.

Special Projects

For orders beyond our in-house capabilities, we have partnered with several trade printers to get the highest quality printing at the lowest possible prices.

Examples include:

  • Perfect-bound books
  • Large format offset printing
  • Large quantity orders of magazines, view books, etc.
  • Promotional materials (pens, post it notes, tote bags, etc.)

Placing an Order

Departmental orders are placed via E-Quest for tracking and billing purposes. Our team members receive all information concerning your job through the work order. Therefore it is is important  to include as much information as possible.

Student and Student Group orders are received by a team member of the Cougar Copy Center via phone or e-mail.

706-507-8630 •

Once the order is received it is routed to an appropriate team member for processing. During this process the order can then be processed by several team members.

File Submission

Files can be submitted via E-Quest, e-mail, or stop by the shop. The following formats are acceptable:

.pdf    .eps    .ai    .psd    .indd   .doc    .docx    .pub    .tiff    .jpeg

* For editable files (i.e. word document), a pdf is requested for comparison.
* Be sure to include links and fonts when they apply.

Design and Pre-Press

These are considered as separate steps in the process of completing your order.


Our design team specializes in the creation of simple designs that require a quick turn-around,  i.e. flyers, posters, banners. Detailed or complex designs may require more time in creation. Consultations are recommended to prevent any delay in the processing of your request.


Pre-press is the phase in which a pre-designed file is prepared for printing. Not all files are submitted in a print-ready format and require amendments in order for the file to print correctly.

This process includes the verifying:

  • CMYK and pantone colors
  • Photos are proper resolution
  • Proper logo usage
  • And other common issues

Digital Print & Press Orders

How do I know which to choose?

Simple answer:

  • Short turn-around, small quantities = digital print (quick copy)
  • Longer turn-around, large quantities = press orders

However, the answer is not always simple. Several factors are considered when processing each order such as cost, lead time, and the number of steps required to process the order.


Standard CSU envelopes are printed in quantities of 500 and are considered a press order.

Special envelope orders can be printed in a variety of quantities and colors.

Wide Format

How large can I print?

Available sizesrange up to 42" wide.

Should order black or color print?

Pricing is the same for black, color, lots of coverage, and minimal coverage.

What type of file is needed to print in wide format?

We recommend that the file be to size at 300 dpi. However, we realize this is not always possible and can assist with enlarging your image. Please note that when enlarging your file there may be loss of quality if the resolution cannot support the larger size.