November 28, 2015

Copyright: U.S. Department of Justice Will Not Be Commenting in GSU E-Reserves Case

According to a new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. DOJ will not be filing a comment with a friend of the court brief in the Georgia State University copyright case.

The U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia State University and several publishers.

The case in question, Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al., was brought against the university by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers, accusing Georgia State of committing widespread copyright violations by making some of the publishers’ content available on e-reserves without licensing it.

Read the Complete COHE Blog Post

The plaintiffs in the case are appealing the decision.

Coverage of the Decision and Appeal From Meredith Schwartz at Library Journal:

Publisher Plaintiffs Post GSU Court Costs, To Be Held Pending Appeal (via Library Journal; November 6, 2012)

Plaintiffs Must Pay Almost $3 Million in GSU Legal Fees (via Library Journal; October 5, 2012)

GSU Ereserves Plaintiffs File Appeal (via Library Journal; September 10, 2012)

Georgia State Copyright Case: What You Need To Know—and What It Means for E-Reserves (via Library Journal; May 17, 2012)

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