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The Georgia State 10 percent Copying Rule….What if 10 Libraries?

Posted by christopher on May 16, 2012

A follow up on yesterday’s post: Safe harbor textbook copying percentages for copyright fair use defense.

The Georgia State 10 percent Copying Rule….What if 10 Libraries from 10 different library systems each copy one chapter of a 10 chapter textbook and make it available on the Internet at the same time?

Make no mistake about your interpretation of the stakes involved in the Georgia State decision. College libraries are trying, without explicitly declaring, to constructively destroy the textbook industry that no longer ought to be entitled to copyright protection granted in this country a long long time ago to offset the cost of paper print. There is no moral highground or low ground at 9.9 percent or 10.1 percent.

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