Higher Education

I’m right! Librarians have to think

I will pat myself on the back (somebody has to). I wrote in the 2004 edition of Copyright Copyright, “Fair use cannot be reduced to a checklist. Fair use requires that people think.” This point has been affirmed (pdf) by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the long standing Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves copyright case. The appeals court ... Read More »

ALA and ACRL encouraged by “fair use” decision in Georgia State case

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible “fair use” of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although publishers sought to bar the uncompensated excerpting of copyrighted material for “e-reserves,” the court rejected all such ... Read More »

Library Copyright Alliance Files Second Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

On July 6, 2012, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries), together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), filed a friend of the court brief (pdf) in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, urging a federal court to find that the fair use doctrine permitted the creation ... Read More »

Petition the White House to Open Access to taxpayer-funded research

Who: You! And anyone you know who supports libraries and supports increasing access to information — especially research that you (the public) helped fund. What: A petition is posted at “We the People” asking the White House to require the published results of taxpayer-funded research be made available via the Internet (without having to pay an additional fee to access ... Read More »