A closely watched trial in federal court in Atlanta, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al., is pitting faculty, libraries, and publishers against one another in a case that could clarify the nature of copyright and define the meaning of fair use in the digital age … The plaintiffs are asking for an injunction to stop university personnel from making material available on e-reserve without paying licensing fees. A decision is expected in several weeks. The Chronicle asked experts in scholarly communications what the case may mean for the future.
Siva Vaidhyanathan reiterates the constitutional definition of fair use: “Congress in 1976, in a rare bolt of wisdom, specifically exempted ‘multiple copies for classroom use’ from copyright infringement.”
Also of interest: Cory Doctorow on why less copyright gets you more culture.