Last Friday the Judge finally handed down a decision in the Georgia State University e-reserves case, a year after the trial and three years after the suit was brought by academic publishers SAGE, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. These publishers sued GSU for allowing faculty to upload course readings excerpted from books to the university’s course management system, alleging that the university had gone beyond the accepted guidelines for fair use.
It’s only Monday morning but there’s already been loads of commentary on the decision, a PDF of which was posted online late Friday by Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota. It seems that on balance the decision favors GSU and libraries: copyright violation was found in only 5 of the 99 instances of uploading course readings. I’m sure there will be more coming on this case, as neither GSU nor the plaintiffs have released comments on the decision. But here are some great articles to get you started considering this case and its potential effects on academic libraries:
- For a great overview of the decision, Jennifer Howard’s article in today’s Chron (no paywall!) can’t be beat.
- For a more detailed look at the decision from a legal perspective, read this post from Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, and this one by James Grimmelmann, Professor at New York Law School.
- For discussions focused on the nuances of the relationships between authors, academic institutions and libraries, and publishers, check out our own Barbara Fister’s First Thoughts over at Inside Higher Ed, and the Library Loon’s Pragmatic Responses.