27 February 2014

Academia's Costly Mistake

So how smart are they?
Last year, Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., ordered a student not to pass out copies of the Constitution. On Monday, the school agreed to a $50,000 settlement and vowed to revise its policies to encourage free speech on campus, a decision officials reached as a result of the student’s First Amendment lawsuit.
Hopefully, we'll see more students successfully sue those who attempt to violate first amendment rights. 

More here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sometimes universities can be very confused about certain things. Consider this:

Conditions Governing Publication or Public Use of Previously Published Materials Held by LSU Libraries Special Collections

You walk into a library, and see a published book, and copy something from it, and the librarian says you don't really own the copy, since you can't use or transfer the paper copy without her permission, she can censor how you use it with no standards or opportunity for appeals, she can collect royalties from your use, even if she does not own the copyright or it is public domain, you have to cite her library even if a hundred other libraries own a copy or citations aren't necessary for public domain works, and if she is negligent in contributory or vicarious infringement for fraudulently granting permissions and collecting royalties on somebody else's work, you have to pay for the infringement lawsuit.

Who does that?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Sounds a bit confusing to me. I often make copies in libraries for my own research. If I quote from it, I cite it. I question the authority of the librarian to make those demands. I've never heard anything like that nor ever had a librarian give me any grief over copies.

If I don't need a lot of copies for research, I often just take an photo with my smart phone, then delete it when I'm done. My understanding is as long as you're not reproducing and/or distributing copyrighted material and if you give proper credit when citing within established copyright laws, then they're shouldn't be an issue. That's a layman's understanding.

Copyright laws are available on the internet, of course.