Publishers Announce Copyright Agreements with Universities

Jan 22, 2008


      Bookmark and Share

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that three universities--Hofstra, Syracuse, and Marquette--have reached an agreement with the AAP on new copyright guidelines affirming that educational content delivered to students in digital formats should be treated under the same copyright principles that apply to printed materials. The guidelines, which were developed separately by the three universities, govern how librarians and faculty members distribute copyrighted content through library electronic course reserves systems, course management systems, faculty and departmental webpages, and other digital formats.

Each of the guidelines reflects the specific needs of the particular university and is consistent with the principles of fair use while providing helpful guidance as to when permission from the copyright holder is required to copy or post materials in digital formats. AAP believes the guidelines, which are similar to those adopted by Cornell University last year, will serve as models for others colleges and universities.

(www.publishers.org)