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In the Library
Copyright law has an effect on these areas of the work we do at the library:
- Interlibrary Loan
The Supreme Court decision in the case of the New York Times v. Jonathan Tasini, et al. affected the content available in our online databases.
"Reproduction of freelance authors' magazine and newspaper articles in computer databases, without authors' permission, held to infringe authors' copyrights and not to be privileged under 17 USCS 201(c)".
Here's an overview of the issues and the implications of the decision from the LexisNexis wiki.
In the Classroom
Copyright Law also has an effect on what your professors do.
"SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system." They encourage authors not to sign copyright of their work to publishers. This movement started as a result of rapid increases in the price of journal subscriptions. The internet has provided other ways for scholars to share and disseminate information.
"In a special report, The Chronicle looks at university faculty and staff members who are pushing, in court and on campus, to keep teaching and research from being starved of material."
TEACH Act Flow Chart
One of many resources on the web created to help faculty sort out copyright issues. From Duke.
Chronicle of Higher Education Articles (RSS feed)
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