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Fair use abuse at Georgia State?

April 4, 2011

Justice, by John Linwood

Four senior staff members at Georgia State University are being sued by Cambridge University Press over “electronic reserves” practices. The publisher alleges that GSU’s system was too generous when it made thousands of complete works available and invited students to “download, view, and print such materials without permission of the copyright holder.”

The process has dragged on for three years, but a Georgia judge recently dismissed two of the three counts. The publishers must now show that GSU’s new copyright policy has “resulted in ongoing and continuous misuse of the fair use defense.”

Source: Judge Sets Trial Date in Georgia State University E-Reserves Lawsuit (Publishers Weekly)

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