The Georgia State Copyright Case: Key Rulings at a Glance
In the spring of 2008, Georgia State University officials were sued by three academic publishers claiming extensive copyright infringement over the posting of book excerpts to GSU’s e-reserves and learning management systems. Though the case went to trial in the summer of 2011, the judge took nearly a year to craft an almost 350-page opinion painstakingly analyzing 75 alleged violations of fair use. The opinion was released on May 11, 2012. The judge concluded GSU faculty violated the limits of fair use in 5 of the alleged violations that went to trial.