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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]