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Does Fair Use Affect Academic Authors’ Incentive to Write? Some Lessons from Authors of Works from the GSU Course Reserves Case

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:00:47 +0000

This post was co-authored by David Hansen and Brandon Butler and cross posted on The Taper and on Duke University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Blog. Copyright law in the U.S. is premised on the idea that exclusive rights given to authors act as an incentive for them to create and disseminate new works, which ultimately benefit … Continue reading Does Fair Use Affect Academic Authors’ Incentive to Write? Some Lessons from Authors of Works from the GSU Course Reserves Case

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LSU v Elsevier – Paying Twice (or More) for Scholarship?

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:07:36 +0000

When discussing the cost of library collection purchases, I sometimes try to make the point that universities are really paying for scholarly work twice–once by paying faculty salaries to research and write, and a second time when the library purchases those writings back from publishers. After reading the complaint filed in the recent LSU v. Elsevier lawsuit, … Continue reading LSU v Elsevier – Paying Twice (or More) for Scholarship?

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Fair use is for students, and artists, and researchers, and …

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:44:50 +0000

Last Fair Use Week post!  Today I want to highlight, via a short video, a student project here at Duke that demonstrates really well the kinds of common transformative uses that fair use supports on campus. “Transformative use” has become a major part of the fair use analysis, starting from when Judge Pierre Leval articulated the … Continue reading Fair use is for students, and artists, and researchers, and …

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Fair Use is for Innovation

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:23:56 +0000

[cross-posted from the Copyright at Harvard Library Blog and written for Fair Use Week] Remember Betamax? I do, but mostly for the fair use case that it precipitated, Sony Corp. v. Universal Studios, Inc. That case was decided by the Supreme Court in 1984. Among other things, it stands for the proposition that fair use … Continue reading Fair Use is for Innovation

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Fair Use for Authors

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:04:34 +0000

Happy fair use week! I’m sure many of you have already taken note that February 20 to 24 is a week-long celebration of copyright’s fair use doctrine. The organizers at fairuseweek.org have done a great job collecting information about events and sharing resources. This ARL-commissioned fair use myths infographic is among my favorites. One of the things I plan … Continue reading Fair Use for Authors

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How to Restrict Access to the Law (and Make Money Doing It!)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:14:26 +0000

Standardization is really important. Huge parts of modern life—everything from sending an email to the structural integrity of your car—depend on standards. Among other things, standards make sure we’re all on the same page. When I say “2017-02-07” you might have some clues about what I mean, but if I tell you that this string … Continue reading How to Restrict Access to the Law (and Make Money Doing It!)

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Where should the Copyright Office live? A response from Duke Libraries

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:41:33 +0000

The U.S. Copyright Office has been a major topic of discussion lately. A few weeks ago Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante resigned, following her removal by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden from her post as Register and into a new advisory position in the Library. Beyond the speculation about what exactly led to Pallante’s … Continue reading Where should the Copyright Office live? A response from Duke Libraries

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We’re back! (and so is the GSU fair use e-reserves appeal…)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:49:25 +0000

After a few months of quiet, I’m happy to say that the Copyright & Scholarly Communication team at Duke is bringing this blog back to life. Since Kevin Smith left to become Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas, I have stepped in to take over his old post as Director of the Office of … Continue reading We’re back! (and so is the GSU fair use e-reserves appeal…)

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Here we go again: latest GSU ruling an odd victory for libraries

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:17:55 +0000

My first thought when I read the new ruling in the Georgia State copyright lawsuit brought by publishers over e-reserves was of one of those informal rules that all law students learn — don’t tick off your judge.  From the first days of the original trial, the arrogant antics of the attorneys representing the publisher plaintiffs — … Continue reading Here we go again: latest GSU ruling an odd victory for libraries

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Moving into the open

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:20:16 +0000

Since it was announced that I will move shortly to the University of Kansas, several people have asked me if I intend to continue blogging, and have kindly encouraged me to do so.  This blog, of course, will remain one of the communication outlets for the Scholarly Communications program at Duke, and my Duke colleagues … Continue reading Moving into the open

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