Electronic Content Poses Copyright Conflict in Classrooms
“As digital technology proliferates, legislation and the publishing industry are racing to keep up with the possibilities for file-sharing, website posting, and other forms of electronic exchange of copyrighted materials. Publishers are working to crack down on the digital circulation of documents without permission, and universities are rapidly becoming one their main targets for copyright enforcement.
“Over the last few decades, most lawsuits involving copyright infringement of academic materials dealt with the duplication of articles and book chapters for course packets without proper permissions.
“However, investigators are now shifting their focus from companies profiting from the reproduction of copyrighted academic materials to individuals acquiring and exchanging those materials online for educational purposes, most often professors and students.”
Christie Toth. E-violations of Copyright a Problem for Faculty, Students. Portland State University Vanguard. May 23, 2006.
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