Fair Use of Copyrighted Material

AS-2312-96/FA - January 18-19, 1996

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate of the California State University adopt The Statement of Principle contained on pages 8-10 of the pamphlet, Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America developed by the CSU-SUNY-CUNY Joint Committee; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to adopt The Statement of Principle contained on pages 8-10 of the pamphlet, Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America, to guide fair use in the CSU and encourage a liberal interpretation of fair use as set forth in §107 of the Copyright Act of 1976; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to work with the Senate in promoting a liberal interpretation of fair use and in the context of protecting copyright in our mutual educational enterprise; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus Senates to adopt The Statement of Principle contained on pages 8-10 of the pamphlet, Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America, to guide fair use in the CSU and encourage a liberal interpretation of fair use as set forth in §107 of the Copyright Act of 1976.

RATIONALE: CSU faculty develop and use copyrighted material. Although fair use for educational purposes, including teaching, scholarship, or research, is specifically identified as "...not an infringement of copyright," legal precedent defining the nature and extent of such fair use is lacking. Given the size and importance of the CSU on the educational landscape and the intellectual activity in teaching, scholarship, and research generated by CSU faculty, it is essential that CSU play a major role in shaping the debate about this important and timely topic.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- March 7-8, 1996



 
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