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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
In a nutshell, Cambridge, Oxford and Sage publishers have asked for an injunction in a case bought against Georgia State University that would essentially remove any fair use provisions at the university and require the university to monitor all content uses, including uploads to LMSs by professors and copying done by students in libraries. "Not only would GSU have to micromanage each faculty member's choices about how to teach every class, they would also have to give the plaintiff publishers access to all of the computer systems on campus so that they too could examine each professor's decisions." Presumably the injunction will fail, but if it were me, I would respond to the publishers' even asking for such a thing by canceling all subscriptions, removing all publisher content from the premises, and enjoining professors to never contact, much less publish with, those publishers in the future. But that's just me; you may opt for harsher measures.

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