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Fair or unfair use? Electronic postings vs. library reserves

"What's the difference between books on reserve in library stacks for students (who are going to copy them and take the copies back to the dorm to study) and the same books on reserve online (where the same students can just hit the print button in their dorm room)?" asks J. Craig Williams. In "Fair Use On A Hard Drive Behind A Username and Password," Williams writes that he thinks the definition of "fair use" is headed back to court.

I know this much: Students are caught in the middle, between librarians and professors who see password-protected online postings as easy library reserves, and publishers who see a missed opportunity for permissions and royalties. What do you think? Comment here.

Posted by Product Team on May 23, 2005 at 02:29 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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