Judge Chin handed down a decision in Author’s Guild vs. Google. He found Google’s scanning and display of books still under copyright to be fair use. The center of the judge’s reasoning appeared to be that the way the snippets were displayed preserved the value of the copyright owner’s work while expanding access to books, preserving existing texts, and creating opportunities for text mining and other data focused analysis. In Judge Chin’s final analysis he found Google’s book scanning project to be a transformative use of the existing books in both format and application.
An appeal by the Author’s Guild is expected.
Harvard Business Review
The Harvard Business Review is continuing to restrict the use of their content in classrooms. Recently they closed off print, download, and direct linking to some of the most popular articles in that journal. This concedes with a new push to sell classroom licenses to business schools.
Course Reserve staff would like to take this opportunity to inform instructors that classroom and course reserve use of Harvard Business Review materials is not covered by the library’s current license. Instructors should either purchase their own license to use these materials or select alternate readings for their students’ use.
Course Reserve Web Site
The Ordering System for Course Reserve was updated this week. It now uses a single log in, your UBIT login, and instructors may designate proxies to place orders on their behalf. Please email our Course Reserve Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you encounter any problems with the Ordering System.