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ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group

Sunday, June 24, 2012
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Pacific

ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group
ALA Annual Anaheim
Sunday, January 24, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Disneyland Hotel, Amazon room

The Judge's Ruling in the GSU Case:  What Does it Mean for Libraries?

On April 15, 2008, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and SAGE filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Georgia State University for content posted on electronic course reserves.  Through multiple motions and filings, the issues in the case were narrowed before the trial began on May 17, 2011.  On May 12th, Judge Evans issued a 350 page ruling, which analyzed 76 of the 99 alleged infringing course readings and which took her almost a year to complete.  Judge Evans found only 5 instances of infringement in the readings she so carefully analyzed.  This Discussion Group will focus on the analysis Judge Evans applied for fair use, what arguments she found persuasive by GSU and by the publishers, and how other libraries may choose to apply the Judge's fair use analysis in their own electronic course reserves processes.

Lisa A. Macklin, Director, Intellectual Property Rights Office, Emory University Libraries

Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Wake Forest University, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and
Kevin Smith, Director, Scholarly Communications, Duke University, Perkins Library

NOTE:  If you are not attending ALA, the ACRL Copyright Committee will be having a webcast on the GSU case on July 25th.  Please see http://www.ala.org/acrl/georgiastate for more information.