Academic presses vs. academic libraries

The June 14, 2010, issue of Publishers Weekly includes a long piece on the university press suit of Georgia State University.

The case, known as Cambridge University Press, et al. v. Patton et al., involves a popular practice known as e-reserves, or electronic reserves, on college campuses and the murky contours of copyright and fair use in the digital age. But perhaps the most notable aspect of the suit is that publishers are in essence suing their very partners in the scholarly publishing enterprise (including a university librarian), something critics say represents something of a waterloo for publishing.

A sentence in one of the comments caught my eye:

Academic publishers contribute virtually nothing because the authors, editors, and referees are all university employees.

Colleagues, defend yourselves.

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