The Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, and the Cornell University have announced a new set of copyright guidelines to govern the use of electronic course materials on the library’s electronic course reserves system, on faculty and departmental web pages, and through the various ‘course management’ websites used at Cornell. The move is part of ongoing discussions over the manner in which Cornell University provides copyrighted course content to students in digital formats.
According to the guidelines, jointly drafted by Cornell and AAP, the use of such content will be governed by the same legal principles that apply to printed materials.
The guidelines affirm that the faculty must obtain permission to distribute such works to the same degree, as permission is required for reproductions and distributions of publishers’ copyrighted works in hard-copy formats. In addition, AAP and Cornell are also discussing other possibilities that may be appropriate to encourage compliance with copyright law so that instructors' postings of electronic course content conform to legal requirements.
Posted by Katie Newman at October 16, 2006 12:36 PM