Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More about what is at stake with Georgia Case and Fair Use

It is the beginning of August, and many of us are watching and waiting to see how the judge decides in the case of copyright infringement by Georgia State.  This is a critical case as pointed out  in a blog posting today about the Georgia case, Kevin Smith at Duke reported:

"Reading the plaintiffs’ brief, I was struck forcefully by the realization that they are asking the Judge to eliminate fair use virtually entirely for academia and instead substitute a compulsory license.  This is especially clear when you see in their proposed injunction a requirement that permission be obtained for 90% of the readings in any course, regardless of whether or not some or all of that 90% could be considered fair use (under the extremely restrictive definition provided in the proposal). "[Emphasis mine.]  You can read his complete post here