U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index

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The United States Copyright Office has recently created a Fair Use Index. This index is intended to make it easier for attorneys and laypersons to understand fair use and how to apply it. The database is searchable and provides citations to and  summaries of court opinions, not the full opinions themselves. Users can generally access… Read more »

Elsevier’s New “Article-Sharing” Policies

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There are several interesting commentaries about Elsevier’s new “article-sharing” policies, which point out that the policies actually impose further restrictions on how authors may share their works. I found Kevin Smith and Stevan Harnad’s posts the most useful in terms of explaining how the terms of the policies negatively affect open access. What do you think of the policies?… Read more »

GSU Case Update: April 2015

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Back in February, the plaintiff publishers in the case asked the trial court to reopen the record, meaning they wanted the court to examine the most current evidence in this case. This is consistent with the doctrine of Ex parte Young. Because GSU is a state university it is protected by sovereign immunity and the plaintiff… Read more »