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The Georgia State Copyright Case: Issues and Implications

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The Georgia State University copyright infringement case has been closely watched in higher education over the last several years. This lawsuit, brought by several publishers against Georgia State University, involves the use of copyrighted materials in higher education e-reserves, but the impact of the case and its potential results may be far more reaching. The trial has now closed and is awaiting a final decision. Despite the outcome, the case will certainly have an impact on how higher education uses copyrighted materials. The case—which affects faculty, students, scholarly authors, and university services including libraries—brings up issues of fair use in a digital age, scholarly communication and publisher business models, and the broader question of the future of teaching and scholarly communication as a whole.

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