Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Georgia State University, a nonprofit, sued by Academic Book Publishers for Digital Distrbution of Books (or Parts of Books)
The New York Times reported on April 16 that three prominent academic publishers (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications) filed a complaint the United States District Court in Atlanta against Georgia State University (a nonprofit) alleging that it committed copyright violations. The article states that Georgia State distributes electronic course packets to students that contain scanned copyrighted material. The publishers argue that the portion of material distributed exceeds the permitted limits for the fair use doctrine, which permits faculty/educators to copy and distribute a small amount of material without running afoul of the copyright laws. This practice, as reported in the article, is widespread among many colleges and universities, and other academic settings, and it is surprising that this is the first case of its kind. See New York Times Article for the Full Story.