Copyright Expert & Fair Use Checklist

Business_Finance_57139The copyright infringement lawsuit between Cambridge University Press and other publishers and Georgia State University (GSU) over electronic course materials may be coming to a climax. Both sides have recently filed competing motions with the federal court in Atlanta for a summary judgment decision on their behalf. The publishers are relying on evidence that shows that GSU continues to infringe on their copyrights beyond any reasonable fair use level. Georgia State asserted initially that the law immunized them from past actions and that their current actions do not violate the law due to fair use.

GSU retained several expert witnesses to review its new policy and to support its argument that its practices were reasonable and constituted fair use. One expert, Columbia University professor Kenneth Crews, is one of the originators of the fair use checklist. His 70-page report on behalf of GSU found its new policy “consistent with the copyright law of the United States.”

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Information Professional with twenty years experience in legal, public record, and business research. Fifteen years law firm experience.

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