Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant. Much of his work has centered on copyright issues of importance to libraries, education, research, and publishing. Dr. Crews has been a professor of law, business, and library science, and he established the nation’s first university-based copyright office, at Indiana University, where he also held a tenured law professorship. Crews was later recruited to create a similar office at Columbia University in New York City and to serve on the faculty of Columbia Law School. He studied history at Northwestern University and law at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Crews earned M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA’s School of Library and Information Science. He resides in Los Angeles, California, and has been an invited speaker on college and university campuses and at conferences in nearly every U.S. state and on six continents. He was the first recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association and received the Mark T. Banner Award from the American Bar Association.
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Copyright law never sleeps, making it imperative to keep abreast of the latest developments. Declared “an exemplary text that seals the standards for such books” (Managing Information), this newly revised and updated edition by respected copyright authority Crews offers timely insights and succinct guidance for LIS students, librarians, and educators alike. Readers will
- learn basic copyright definitions and key exceptions for education and library services;
- find information quickly with “key points” sidebars, legislative citations, and cross-references;
- get up to speed on fresh developments, such as how the recently signed Marrakesh Treaty expands access for people with disabilities and why the latest ruling in the Georgia State University case makes developing a fair use policy so important;
- understand the concept of fair use, with fresh interpretations of its many gray areas that will aid decision making;
- learn the current state of affairs regarding mass digitization, Creative Commons, classroom use and distance education, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and other important topics;
- receive guidance on setting up on a copyright service at a library, college, or university; and
- find many helpful checklists for navigating copyright in various situations.
This straightforward, easy-to-use guide provides the tools librarians and educators need to take control of their rights and responsibilities as copyright owners and users.