Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions

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Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions


Weaver, Roger, Library Resources & Technical Services


Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions. 3rd ed. By Kenneth D. Crews. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 192 p. $57.00 softcover (ISBN 978-08389-1092-4).

Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, now in its third edition, is a complete revision of the original published in 2000. (1) Dr. Crews includes more recent case law and presents a fresh perspective on many of the copyright issues librarians and educators encounter daily. The book contains eighteen chapters divided into five broad areas of copyright: "The Reach of Copyright," "Right of Ownership," "Fair Use," "Focus on Education and Libraries," and "Special Features." The chapters are focused, well structured, and emphasize key points, pertinent examples, and useful strategies. The structure of the book lends itself well to desktop reference. A reader earl easily locate a topic of interest and quickly review it. Any needed reference to the law or other resources are provided in the text. This feature can be quite useful when dealing with faculty questions requiring quick resolution.

This book will provide a basic understanding of copyright and the key exceptions in the law for education and libraries, and a practical understanding of lair use and related court interpretations. Readers will be able to navigate through the complexities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and be able to construct usefid strategies to deal with the most common copyright issues encountered by librarians and edueators. (2)

The book begins with multiple scenarios that depict common classroom oeeurrences. One example features an English literature instructor who assigns Pride and Prejudice to her class. To give her students a differing perspective on the novel, she wants to show a recent film version of the book to her class using a course management system. After concluding that such a showing is allowable within fair use guidelines of the TEACH Act, however, the instruetor discovers that the DVD's copy proteetion prevents her making available dips of the movie. (3) Using this scenario, Crews systematica4lly examines questions related to the inherent copyright issues, including whether one can use software to bypass copy-protected media in eases where a fair use judgment is reached. These questions and others are discussed in depth in the remaining chapters of the book.

The book is structured as follows: Part 1 discusses changing needs and copyright solutions as well as the scope of protected works. Works without copyright protection 'also are discussed. …

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