Georgia State University Copyright Decision Issued – New Rules for Users and Publishers
May 17, 2012
17 May 2012. In a highly anticipated decision, a federal court in Atlanta gave Georgia State University (GSU) a solid, although not complete victory in its fair use defense of its course web and electronic library reserve programs. The university had been sued by a coalition of publishers who alleged that GSU’s practices amounted to “massive” copyright infringement and had sought a permanent injunction that could have severely limited the scanning of copyrighted documents by academic institutions for teaching purposes. In its long-awaited, 350-page opinion, the court found that GSU’s copying for educational purposes were entitled to strong fair use protection, although that protection was subject to certain limits.