Dissecting The 350-Page GSU Copyright Ruling

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT) -- On May 11, 2012, we learned what it sounds like when all the college professors and university librarians in the country breathe a collective sigh of relief. Judge Orinda Evans of the Federal District Court for Northern Georgia issued a whopping 350-page opinion which, for the most part, vindicated Georgia State University’s fair use defense in the closely watched copyright infringement case brought by a coalition of publishers (Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications) with the financial backing of the Copyright Clearance Center and the Association of American Publishers.

But was that collective sigh premature? The court’s opinion...

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