Copyright in the News

A current Supreme Court case that raises questions about copyright could have important implications for academia. The case, Golan v. Holder, emerged from a conductor’s struggle to secure the rights for his university orchestra to perform certain musical works, but the ruling will have ramifications for many types of media, affecting not only universities but also archives, museums, and libraries. Researchers could suddenly find that source materials previously in the public domain are under copyright protection, restricting how they can be accessed, used, and shared.

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides useful background on the case, while this article summarizes recent activity at the Supreme Court. The Washington Post also reported on the case.

Our “Digital Anxieties” event on October 24 will explore questions about how copyright laws play out in teaching, learning, and research. Please join us to discuss common faculty scenarios as well as your own questions!