Prof vs prof in e-book copying battle

A US FEDERAL court has rejected 94 of 99 claims by publishers of copyright violation by Georgia State University in use of "e-reserves" - electronic copies of articles and book chapters. Judge Orinda Evans ruled that the copies were by "fair use" - the ill-defined US rule allowing use of work without permission or payment that Google would like to introduce into Europe. UK "fair dealing" law sets out more clearly what people can do with your work.

Judge Evans also imposed a limit of 10 percent of a book being used and said that publishers may have more claims against college and university e-reserves if they offer convenient, reasonably priced permissions. The association of university presses backed the publishers, and said it was "premature and unwise for anyone to declare victory or defeat." That would tend to suggest an appeal.

  • The case was brought by the Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Publications,co-ordinated by the Association of American Publishers.
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