For immediate release | February 21, 2020

Kenneth D. Crews’s authoritative copyright resource gets an update

CHICAGO — Copyright law never sleeps, making it imperative to keep abreast of the latest developments. Declared “an exemplary text that seals the standards for such books” (Managing Information), the newly revised and updated fourth edition of “Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions,” published by ALA Editions, offers timely insights and succinct guidance. Respected copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews provides the tools librarians and educators need to take control of their rights and responsibilities as copyright owners and users. 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;
  • get up to speed on fresh developments, such as how the recently signed Marrakesh Treaty expands access for people with disabilities and why the latest ruling in the Georgia State University case makes developing a fair use policy so important;
  • understand the concept of fair use, with fresh interpretations of its many gray areas that will aid decision making;
  • learn the current state of affairs regarding mass digitization, Creative Commons, classroom use and distance education, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and other important topics;
  • receive guidance on setting up on a copyright service at a library, college, or university; and
  • find many helpful checklists for navigating copyright in various situations.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Dr. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant. He has been a professor of law, business, and library science, and he established the nation’s first university-based copyright office, at Indiana University, where he also held a tenured law professorship. He was later recruited to create a similar office at Columbia University in New York City and to serve on the faculty of Columbia Law School. An invited speaker on college and university campuses and at conferences around the world, he was the first recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association and received the Mark T. Banner Award from the American Bar Association.

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