The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20th, 2014
How much copyrighted material can professors make available to
students in online course reserves before they exceed the boundaries of
educational fair use? That’s the essential question at the heart of a
long-running copyright-infringement lawsuit that has pitted three
academic publishers against Georgia State University.
The answer matters not just to the parties to the case, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., but publishers, librarians, and professors at many other institutions. It’s already been more than six years since Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications sued Georgia State for copyright infringement.
And the latest round of legal action guarantees that the case will drag
on a while longer before it produces a reliably precedent-setting
answer, if it does.