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Introducing Amy Dygert

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Author: K. Matthew Dames It is comical at this point — shortly after her one year anniversary as our Copyright and Information Policy Adviser — to say that an introduction to Amy V. Dygert is overdue. I could wax poetic about her qualifications (four – four – degrees at SU), or talk about the grand […]

HathiTrust Decision Summary

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames In September 2011, the Authors Guild, various international authors’ rights organizations and one dozen individual authors sued HathiTrust, Cornell, and the presidents of the universities of Michigan, California, Wisconsin and Indiana, claiming that HathiTrust’s online storage, searchability and public availability of a digital corpus developed as part of the Google Books […]

Discussing the Copyright Guide

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames By now, most faculty have received a copy of Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty. This Guide provides recommendations that will help members of the SU community legally use a variety of works for curricular purposes. As Provost Spina’s introductory message indicates, the Guide remains a […]

Copyright Guide Distribution

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames The University’s Bulk Distribution unit has begun the process of distributing more than 2,500 copies of the first edition of Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty. This Guide provides recommendations that will help Syracuse University faculty members, teaching assistants and online course administrators legally use a variety of […]

Syracuse University Publishes Copyright Guide

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames Syracuse University has published the first edition of Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty. This Guide provides recommendations that will help Syracuse University faculty members, teaching assistants and online course administrators legally use a variety of protected works for curricular purposes. This Guide will remain publicly […]

Decision Summary: Publishers v. Georgia State University

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames This article discusses the impact of a the recent federal district court decision [pdf] that, for the first time, provides colleges and university with some guidance on the use of copyrighted works for instructional purposes. Case Summary In April 2008, Cambridge University Press, Sage Publications and Oxford University Press sued officials […]

New Site: The Piracy Paradigm

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames From my new project, The Piracy Paradigm: Any time we discuss rhetoric or metaphors, it is appropriate to explore the ideology, mindset, beliefs and values that support that language. To engage properly and thoroughly, such an exploration requires multidisciplinary historical and cultural research. In studying U.S. copyright law and policy since […]

HathiTrust: Authors Guild Claims Libraries Ineligible for Fair Use

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames Librarians who pay attention to copyright long have believed (and have been taught) that the the law’s fair use and library preservation provisions work cooperatively (if not simultaneously) to allow libraries and archives the opportunity to use limited portions of protected works without requiring the owner’s permission, and without having to […]

Copyright Workshop: Dissertations & Theses

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames Post last updated: February 15, 2012, 17:13 EST — Title: Copyright for Dissertations, Theses & Publication: What Every Grad Student Needs to Know Lecturer: Dr. K. Matthew Dames, Copyright & Information Policy Adviser, Syracuse University Date: Friday, February 10, 2012 Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Location: Hall of Languages 107 Sponsors: […]

ARL Issues Fair Use Best Practices Guide

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Author: K. Matthew Dames Last updated: February 8, 2012 — Copyright law affects the work of academic and research librarians pervasively and in complex ways, because the great bulk of these librarians’ work deals with accessing, storing, exhibiting, or providing access to copyrighted material. The rights of copyright holders create incentives for the publication of […]