CDAS attorneys Mary E. Rasenberger, Nancy E. Wolff, Eleanor M. Lackman and Nicholas J. Tardif filed an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Text and Academic Authors Association and The Authors Guild in Cambridge University Press v. Becker. The brief supports the position of Plaintiffs/Appellants Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Inc., and Sage Publications, Inc. in arguing that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia erred in holding that the fair use defense allows Georgia State University instructors to copy and distribute to students via online course reading systems substantial, nontransformative excerpts from Appellants’ books without a license. Amici argue that such a ruling threatens to supplant Appellants’ and amici’s core markets and unfairly devalues educational works. As a consequence, the court’s ruling threatens to undermine the goals behind copyright law – to promote the creation and dissemination of important works.
You can read the full CDAS Amicus Brief at this link: 12-14676_Amicus_Brief.pdf