Trial Date Set for High-Stakes Copyright Case Involving Georgia State U.

On May 16, the trial phase is scheduled to begin in a copyright-infringement case brought by publishers against Georgia State University, involving faculty use of copyrighted material in their courses. Publishers Weekly reports that the judge supervising the case dismissed several claims brought by the publishers’ group but allowed one count to stand.

Although the recently derailed Google Books settlement has dominated the news, the Georgia case, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al., may have a profound effect on how much previously published material professors can safely use.

–Josh Fischman, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 31, 2011