For immediate release | January 27, 2012

A new edition of an essential guide to copyright law for librarians and educators

CHICAGO — Copyright in the world of digital information is changing at a fevered pace, even as educators and librarians digitize, upload, download, draw on databases and incorporate materials into Web-based instruction. Drawing on cutting-edge case law in 18 discrete areas of copyright, including specialized and controversial music and sound recording issues, “Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions” by Kenneth D. Crews is newly published by ALA Editions. In this third edition, Crews has completely revised his classic text to remap the territory with fresh, timely insights into applications of copyright law for librarians, educators and academics. Readers will:

  • Learn basic copyright definitions and key exceptions for education and library services;
  • Find information quickly with “key points” sidebars, legislative citations and cross-references;
  • Understand the four factors of fair use and related court interpretations;
  • Get up to speed on current interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from a librarian-educator viewpoint.

Crews has specialized for more than 25 years in copyright issues as they relate to education, libraries and research. He directs the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University and teaches in the Columbia Law School. Dr. Crews has been a professor of law, library science and business and held a named professorship in law at Indiana University. At IU he established the first office in the country specifically addressing copyright policy issues at universities. His services have been called upon by numerous colleges and universities, and by the U.S. State Department and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He was the first recipient of ALA’s L. Ray Patterson Award.

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"Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, Third Edition"

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