The Latest GSU Ruling: New Fair Use Standards
Ten Takeaways that Could Significantly Improve Your Institution’s Fair Use Practices
Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are a fairly recent phenomenon. But in the last several years, lawsuits have been filed against such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, San Diego State, Cornell, and of course, Georgia State University (GSU).
The lawsuit against GSU started in 2008 and has been the subject of litigation for the past eight years. A federal judge finally issued the third and most recent ruling in this case last March.
Of the 99 instances of alleged copyright infringement ultimately litigated (originally more than 6,000), the university was found to have violated fair use in only four of them. Although it was a big win for the university, questions about fair use and how the rules should be applied still remain. So developing a working knowledge of the results of this lawsuit will help you protect your institution from the same type of costly and time-consuming litigation.
So what is the current definition of fair use that resulted from the GSU lawsuit? What is “transformative” use and why is it important? And how can you ensure compliance with fair use at your institution?
Get answers to these questions and more when you order the online seminar from Magna Publications, The Latest GSU Ruling: New Fair Use Standards Plus Ten Takeaways that Could Significantly Improve Your Institution’s Fair Use Practices. Listen as Linda Enghagen, a professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and an expert in copyright law, provides you with a summary, in layman’s terms, of the recent court ruling, her interpretation of the results, and a list of 10 key takeaways and how they could affect your institution’s fair-use policies.
Here is just some of what you’ll learn from this 60-minute seminar:
- Details of the GSU case, including how it began, how it progressed, and how the judge ruled
- The implications of fair use for faculty who excerpt published material for their students
- The four fair-use factors and the most current standards for evaluating whether your actions qualify as fair use
- How to define and meet the legal requirements of transformative use
- The 10 key takeaways from the GSU litigation that could change the way you use published works in your course materials
- What’s next?
You’ll learn about the four factors that judges look at when considering whether use of a published work is fair—and how to apply these same factors to evaluate your own compliance.
Although fair use is mostly an institutional concern, as a faculty member, it’s important to know that you can be sued personally if you’re accused of infringement. The working knowledge of copyright law you’ll gain from this online seminar will go a long way toward protecting both you and your institution.
Whether you’re a faculty member, department chair, instructional designer, or librarian—anyone who needs to understand how to apply the principles of fair use—this online seminar is a must-attend.
Order today and gain a summary, in layman’s terms, of the recent court ruling, an interpretation of the results, and a list of 10 key takeaways and how they could affect your institution’s fair-use policies.
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