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Changes to Copyright & Fair Use: What Faculty Need to Know


Sharing information is at the heart of what you do in higher education. Make sure you know how to do it while avoiding copyright infringement. This seminar shows you practical ways to approach the issues of copyright infringement and best practices in fair use, even while the legal interpretation of copyright law is in a state of flux.


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Understanding the newest developments in higher education copyright law

Do you copy materials for your students, or use your institutions digital content system?

On October 17, 2014, much of what you thought you knew about avoiding copyright infringement and following best practices in fair use changed.

That’s because of a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in what is frequently referred to as the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case.

In a potentially far-reaching move, the court ruled in favor of academic publishers that claimed GSU overstretched the bounds of fair use when it encouraged faculty to place materials in the schools digital content system to avoid paying licensing charges associated with traditional course packs. The case was remanded back to district court.

Yet even though the three-judge panel supported the publishers position, in a somewhat surprising move, the publishers requested a full hearing by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Their reasoning? The publisher plaintiffs said this decision is so pivotal it will affect best practices in fair use and copyright infringement issues throughout higher education.

And that’s exactly why you need to order for Changes to Copyright & Fair Use: What Faculty Need to Know today.


This seminar digs into the new guidance the ruling provides on copyright infringement and best practices in fair use for colleges and universities. Explore:

  • The most effective way to approach copyright and fair use issues
  • The most helpful way to look at codes of best practices in fair use
  • The best tactic you can employ with fair use

Learning Goals

This session shows you current best practices in fair use and help you avoid charges of copyright infringement.

After participating in this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the four fair use factors
  • Explain the five essential takeaways from the 11th Circuit Courts ruling on the GSU case
  • Apply this information in hypothetical case studies and real-life fair use situations

Topics Covered

Copyright law puts the needs of copyright holders and consumers on the scales of justice and strives to balance them.

On college and university campuses, this trade-off can also be seen as a choice between promoting the creation of original works or supporting the sharing of these works for nonprofit educational purposes.

In higher education, publishers tend to advocate a more narrow interpretation of fair use, while instructors and their students promote a more liberal approach.

Changes to Copyright & Fair Use: What Faculty Need to Know helps you understand what the court decision does and does not do can help you stay on the right side of the law.


Providing multiple pathways for students to access information goes directly to the heart of what higher education is all about, which means Changes to Copyright & Fair Use: What Faculty Need to Know benefits individuals working throughout higher education, in two-year, four-year, and public and private institutions.

It will be relevant to both face-to-face and distance educators.

This seminar will be particularly useful for:

  • Faculty members
  • Instructional designers
  • Librarians


Order now. Supplemental tools, including guides to resource materials and summaries of key rulings in fair use cases, will help you implement what you learn.

Make sure you know how to steer clear of copyright infringement, and stay current with best practices in fair use.

Product Code: NC15BA

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