Kansas Denied Copyright Permission on Evolution Papers

“Two leading science organizations have denied the Kansas board of education permission to use their copyrighted materials in the state’s proposed new science standards because of the standards’ critical approach to evolution.

“The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association said the much-disputed new standards ‘will put the students of Kansas at a competitive disadvantage as they take their place in the world.'”

Jodi Wilgoren. 2 Science Groups Say Kansas Can’t Use Their Evolution Papers. The New York Times. Oct. 27, 2005.

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, executive editor.

What is interesting to me here is not necessarily the denial of permission (to me that’s more politically motivated than tangibly within the realm of a copyright debate), but why the board felt fair use under Section 107 was not available to it as a limitation on the science organizations’ copyright claimed.

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Written by sesomedia

10/28/2005 at 08:07

Posted in Science & Medical

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