Friday, June 10, 2011
Interlibrary Loan Privileges and Fair Use Under Attack
In another development related to the Georgia State copyright case, "yesterday the publishing community opened a second front in their attack on education by issuing a statement of principles designed to hobble inter-library loan." This is from Kevin Smith's blog, Scholarly Communication @Duke, and he goes into more detail in the article. Kevin's expertise is in copyright law and we're following his blog closely in order to stay abreast of developments that threaten our current practices with interlibrary loan and fair use of copyrighted materials for classes. The statement of principles is made by the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers. If you publish in an STM journal or are a member of a STM society, you may want to look at what your organization is promoting. You can see their list of members -- http://www.stm-assoc.org/our-members/. If you are a member of one of these organizations, you should be aware that they are supporting the proposals that would seriously erode existing interlibrary lending practices. If you are interested in protecting your rights, you should contact your association and let them know.