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.

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