Praise the Protection of Digital Information at College Libraries

Target: The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Goal: Praise the Electronic Frontier Association for standing against publishers’  attempts to monetize college reserve materials

Any college student is familiar with the term “on reserve.” When a college professor assigns reading from a particular book or publication, they usually put that book on reserve at the college’s library. This guarantees student access to books without requiring an expensive purchase. Some colleges offer online versions of reserve books, allowing students to remotely access the assigned materials from their computers.

Unfortunately, a lawsuit filed against Georgia State University (GSU) by several publishing companies might force colleges to start paying for online electronic reserves. The suit states that a college must pay a fee in order to allow public (i.e. students enrolled in the particular course the publication is assigned to) access to book material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) however is fighting back against the corporate greed of these publishers by filing a joint amicus brief to the Georgia Court of Appeals along with several national library associations.

According to the text of the brief, “A win for the publishers here would be a Pyrrhic victory at best for them, and a significant loss for the public interest.”  The brief goes on to say, “We hope the appellate court agrees that copyright law does not require forcing libraries to make reading a handful of pages either extraordinarily expensive or inordinately difficult for college students.”

Help praise and support the EFF for their stand against greedy publishers by signing this petition letter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Electronic Frontier Foundation members,

Thank you so much for standing up against greedy publishing houses and for protecting the rights of academic institutions and the students they help. It’s shameful to think that there are companies out there who’d be willing to hold their published materials ransom; denying even basic access to students who might otherwise not be able to afford or access the materials themselves, but such is the world we live in.

Hopefully the amicus brief you filed with the court of appeals will be taken seriously as we cannot allow the greed of a few companies to rob thousands of college students of vital information they couldn’t otherwise access. By signing this petition letter, I am personally offering my support and my praise to your organization and your members.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: Dr. Marcus Gossler

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