Long Awaited Decision in Georgia State University e-reserve Fair Use Case

A major court opinion about copyright fair use in the education and library context came down five days ago, and I’ve been so busy, I didn’t even get a chance to read it until today!  In the meantime, of course, several experts, scholars, and pundits in the field have already posted their analyses of the 11th Circuit’s holding in Cambridge University Press v. Patton.

Although I prefer to use my social media tools for sharing news and the writings of others, and to use this blog to share my own opinions and analyses, since I know I won’t be able to write about “the Georgia State case” for another several days, and since some of my colleagues have done an excellent job of it already, I will share their writings with you.

Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at UMass Amherst, provides an excellent and easy-to-read summary and break-down of the court’s opinion, and I agree with Laura’s conclusions; I suggest hers as a starting point.

Even better, Laura has been kind enough to collect links to several readings about the court’s decision, many of which I would have listed for you here.  So I will simply direct you to her blog again, for further readings.

In particular, in addition to Laura’s, I would suggest Kevin Smith’s blog (as always).  Also note the statements from the plaintiffs and the Copyright Clearance Center, which financed the plaintiffs’ case.

I will follow up with my own thoughts about some of the most important and/or striking implications of the decision soon … but not as soon as I would like!

Thanks a ton, Laura!