“The best word to describe yesterday’s oral argument at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in regard to the appeal of the Georgia State University e-reserves decision is probably bizarre. But that has to be qualified; they were bizarre in a very discouraging direction for GSU and fair use in the academy.”
In light of the celebrations about the google books case and Hathi Trust, comes this other, not so happy tale from Georgia.
“I really cannot fathom how anyone would say that the blind are thieves when accessible copies of books are not even available for purchase.”
“With the purchase of series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Merryman told Tweakers. One of the shows that Netflix acquired the rights to in the Netherlands is Prison Break, since it is heavily pirated locally. “Prison Break is exceptionally popular on piracy sites,” Merryman says.”
If this works, (which it looks like it does) then one of the main arguments of “pirates” (the availability one) seems like it holds up to real world testing. If your stuff is being pirated, find more ways of getting it out there in a for-pay format maybe?
Libraries should be in a position to help with this, but we’re not though.
“The policy message from the juxtaposition of these two hearings is clear. While copyright is important, it is not the only means of incentivizing the creation and distribution of works.”