Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fair Use: How Much Can You Copy?

Quite a bit is the answer attorney Zick Rubin gives in his commentary at the Chronicle of Higher Education. He bases his position on the federal District Court decision, Cambridge University Press v. Becker, in which the plaintiff publishers largely lost their copyright case against Georgia State.

Mr. Rubin’s explanation of the 350 page opinion gives encouragement to the academic community, which want to reproduce an article or book chapter, not to gain a profit, but to educate students. The court opinion suggests that copying 10 percent of a book is fair use. Caution: the publishers are appealing the decision.


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