Digital Library Under Attack

August 22nd, 2013

To kick off the academic year, a dose of fair use hubbub. The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence provides a library for paying members that contains 1,200 digitized books. The organization’s director is being sued by Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago and John Wiley & Sons for unauthorized use of the items. Director Michael Lissack is countersuing, claiming a fair use defense. The organization’s web site has issued an SOS to help enlighten visitors about the lawsuit. This story contains all the elements of a juicy fair use case and will be interesting to watch.

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