The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20th, 2014
In May 2012 fair-use advocates celebrated a federal judge’s decision in a high-profile copyright case. The ruling was seen as a decisive victory
for Georgia State University, whose librarians wanted to be able to
make freely available as much copyrighted material as possible to
students via its electronic reserve system.
On Friday a federal appeals court ended that celebration by reversing the judge’s decision and sending the “e-reserves” case back to the lower court for further action.
At a glance, the latest ruling looks like a loss for Georgia State
and its allies, and a win for three academic publishers that had sued
it. But was it, really? In the days since the ruling was issued, several
university-based copyright experts have argued that the reversal is not
as bad as it might seem.