Friday, January 18, 2008

'Universities Offer Digital Copyright Pact'

The headline above is that over a new article in Publishers Weekly,

According to the piece, the agreement between the Association of American Publishers with Syracuse, Marquette, and Hofstra Universities (echoing an earlier one at Cornell) addresses the concerns of publishers "that unlicensed copyrighted materials -- from book chapters to magazine articles -- are being distributed for use in electronic courses, university webpages, school libraries and course management platforms."

It is curious that the institutional world works so hard on by-the-book licensing for educational uses, which at least arguably fall under fair-use privilege, but pay no attention to the illegal practices of the for-profit sources of many of the "copyrighted materials -- from book chapters to magazine articles."


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