You've found your course materials on Course Hero - now what?
Sites like Course Hero make it easy for students to share study guides, class notes, practice problems and more, but are also platforms for distributing tests, worksheets and other course materials. Contending with Course Hero from an academic integrity perspective is challenging, but you do have recourse via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Materials you create for your classes - tests, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, study guides - are your intellectual property, which means that copyright laws grant you exclusive rights over this work. You alone have the right to copy and distribute your material: unless you publish your work under a Creative Commons license or grant permission otherwise, anyone sharing your work is violating your copyright.
If you find course materials that YOU created on websites that do not have your permission, request that they are taken down.
In order to avoid liability, websites must "act expeditiously to remove, or disable access to" any allegedly infringing materials upon being properly notified of the infringement. As a result, sites like Course Hero will generally make the takedown notice process fairly simple for you. In Course Hero's case, simply visit their Copyright Infringement Notification at www.coursehero.com/copyright-infringement and fill in the form they provide. For more information on Course Hero and its copyright policies, visit www.coursehero.com/copyright/
For sites that do not provide a form, you may be asked to submit a formal DMCA takedown request via email. For more information, see our Sample Takedown Letter.
Additional questions? Contact COD's copyright liaison librarian, Jennifer Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org