Thursday, October 6, 2011

Around Academia: US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Copyright Case With Academic Implications

The Chronicle of Higher Ed offers a summary of the case, Golan v. Holder, in which Lawrence Golan, a music professor from the University of Denver, challenges Congress's ability to remove copyrighted works from the public domain.  A decision in favor of the plaintiff would put the works of many foreign authors, artist, musicians, and playwrights back in the public domain in the United States, making it easier for professors to use them in textbooks and lessons, and also would make significantly more public domain content available to the digitization projects many university libraries are currently engaging in.