Fair Use in the digital age: the Georgia State Case

This article should be required reading for all academic librarians.  It involves the suit brought against Georgia State by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications (with the backing of the Association of American Publishers and the Copyright Clearance Center), who allege that university faculty have infringed upon copyright by making material available through e-reserve without paying licensing fees.  The stakes are high, especially considering the chilling effect this case could have on the way fair use is exercised in the educational and scholarly world.  This article brings up a number of questions, including:

What type of use qualifies as “fair” under the classroom use exemption of copyright?

Should we, as librarians, come up with academic fair use best practices  or leave fair use flexible and defined on a case-by-case basis?

And most importantly, how do we use this opportunity to educate and create partnerships with faculty to promote open-access publishing?

Check out the full Chronicle of Higher Education article here.


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