Learn the Implications of a Major New Fair Use Decision

The Copyright Case We’ve Been Waiting for: Key Lessons & Policy Changes

The recent ruling on the Georgia State University copyright infringement lawsuit provides the most specific guidance to date from any court on questions of educational fair use—especially for distance education programs. It’s also 350 pages long.


You can wade through all 350 pages of the court’s decision, or you can spend 60 minutes with us. The Copyright Case We’ve Been Waiting for: Key Lessons & Policy Changes helps bring clarity to the ruling and is led by Linda Enghagen, an attorney and professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Enghagen has read, and studied, the court’s full decision, and she has drawn out the key principles on which you can base the practices in your own program.

You will learn what you need to do, and what you need to avoid doing, under the terms of the new ruling.

Beyond the question of copyright infringement are other aspects of the case that are still being considered by the court, such as the publishers’ proposal that colleges and universities be required to train faculty, maintain records of fair use evaluations, and appoint what is essentially a copyright officer. This seminar provides the latest information on how the court has responded to these issues in the seminar.

Watch a brief clip from the seminar:

What you will learn how to:

  • Train faculty and staff to understand and apply the court’s ruling.
  • Review existing institutional policies to ensure they are compliant with the court’s ruling.
  • Apply the “10% rule” for nonfiction book excerpts.
    • Apply the court’s ruling to the use of book excerpts in e-reserves and LMS’s
    • Develop institutional policies consistent with the court’s ruling
    • Differentiate between works of fiction and nonfiction in applying the court’s ruling
    • Understand the limits of the ruling

About your presenter:
In addition to her work as an attorney and professor, Linda Enghagen is the author of Technology and Higher Education: Approaching the 21st Century and Fair Use Guidelines for Educators, among many other scholarly contributions related to intellectual property and copyright law in educational settings.

Who will benefit:
Everybody on your team who plays a significant role in the creation and/or teaching of a course needs a firm grasp of the new developments in fair use. This includes folks like:

  • Administrators responsible for copyright policy development and implementation
  • Faculty members
  • Librarians
  • Instructional designers and other related support staff
  • Any institution of higher education utilizing e-reserves systems and/or online learning management systems.

When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

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