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Court of Appeals Decision in Georgia State Copyright Case

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals released their ruling in the case of Cambridge University Press  et. al. v. Patton on Friday (10/17/2014). This case is more popularly known as the Georgia State Copyright Case or the Georgia State E-Reserves Case.

To recap the case so far on April 15, 2008 Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications, and Oxford University Press filed suit against Georgia State University in District Court regarding the library’s e-reserve practices and instructors posting of copyrighted material to course management systems. On May 11, 2012 Judge Evans handed down her opinion which found only five of the ninety-nine cases initially brought before the court to be infringing and awarded fees and costs to Georgia State. Judge Evans analysis included a weighting of the four Fair Use factors outlined in Section 107 of the Copyright Code. She also attempted to establish a bright line rule of 10% or 1 chapter of book when determining amount. The publishers appealed the ruling to the Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court ruling vacated Judge Evans’s ruling and sent the case back to the District Court level. Their finding was that while Judge Evans was correct to analysis each infringement separately her methodology was flawed. In their opinion the judges laid out the District Court applied a mechanistic instead of holistic analysis, should not have established a bright line for amount, and did not always weight market effect equally with the other three factors.

The University Libraries will continue to monitor this case as more rulings are expected in coming years.

Professors and Their Pets

The librarians at Lockwood are planning an exhibit, and UB faculty are invited to help. The exhibit, Professors and Their Pets, will coincide with the Libraries’ Stress Relief Days, planned for Lockwood Library and the Health Sciences Library December 8, 9 and 10th. The exhibit showcasing professorial pets will open on December 1, 2014 in the Lockwood lobby.

What we need:

  • One digital photo of you and your pet, or just your pet (300dpi preferred but we can accept lower resolutions)
  • A brief description of your pet (maximum 100 words)

Example:

Biff (2)“This is Biff. He came from the Buffalo City Animal Shelter in 2003. Biff enjoys sleeping, staring at birds, chicken liver pâté, and running around the house at top speeds in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Biff lives with librarian Molly Poremski.”

If you’d like your furry (or not so furry, as the case may be) friend included in Lockwood Library’s exhibit, please email the photo and description to Molly Poremski, poremski@buffalo.edu by November 10, 2014.

Please note: for promotion of the exhibit, we may use your photo on the UB Libraries’ social media. If you’d like to opt out of that, just let us know when you submit your photo.

Thanks for considering!

Seeking Nominations

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. Nominees for this award must have demonstrated extraordinary performance in the following areas:

  • Skill in librarianship
  • Service to the university and to the profession
  • Scholarship and continuing professional growth

If you are interested in nominating a deserving and qualified librarian or need more information on compiling and submitting a nomination dossier, please email Cherie Williams, Libraries’ Human Resources Officer (cbw@buffalo.edu).

Nomination packets must be received by close of business Friday, December 5, 2014.

Web of Science Training Sessions

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webofscienceFind out how the Web of Science can work for you!

The Science & Engineering Center in Silverman Library will host three informative sessions that will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases. The Web of Science indexes thousands of journals, books, and conference proceedings across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.  Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Info Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall

SESSION 1:  11:30am-1pm  – Tips for Searching the Web of Science

SESSION 2:  2pm-3pm – Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using the Web of Science

SESSION 3:  3pm-4pm – Searching the New Patent and Data Citation Indexes on Web of Science

We look forward to seeing you on October 14th!

 

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