Authors Denied Class Status in Google Digital Books Case, Lower Court Must First Decide Fair Use Issue

On Monday, July 1, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the authors who are a party to this suit may not be allowed to file a class action lawsuit against Google. The intermediate court reasoned that the lower court first needs to decide whether Google’s scanning of print books for the purposes of research, preview, and indexing is a fair use.

Open access publishing and the University of North Texas Open Access symposium titled “Futures of Academic Publishing: UNT's 4th Symposium on Open Access”

In light of the University of North Texas Open Access symposium titled “Futures of Academic Publishing: UNT's 4th Symposium on Open Access,” which will occur May 30-31st, it is apropos to mention a couple of recent developments in open access publishing and dissemination models. EThOS, for example, is an open access electronic theses online service operated by the British Library.

A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project

Today, the Committee on the Judiciary is hearing information regarding section 108 and future copyright law. The Section 108 Study Group previously made recommendations to amend section 108 of the United States Copyright Act, which addresses how libraries may preserve and replace items in its collection, distribute items to patrons, and disseminate items via interlibrary loan.

The UCLA Streaming Case

A federal district court recently dismissed a copyright infringement case against UCLA. This case was styled Association for Information Media and Equipment v. Regents of the University of California. The suit alleged that UCLA was infringing copyright and violating the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA by ripping DVDs and then streaming their content to students in-class.  Access to the streamed content was password protected. However, although this dismissal was a positive result for UCLA, this case did not really resolve the issue of academic streaming.