[teknoids] FW: scanning the torts book
jmayer at cali.org
Tue Aug 16 09:34:16 EDT 2011
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On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 8:23 AM, Johnson, Cyndi <johnson at law.unm.edu> wrote:
> From a faculty member…
> Any expertise out there?
> This question just arrived from one of my students. Anyone have any
> thoughts on this? I dare say that I don't feel qualified to give any answer
> to his question. Seems a bit odd, since in the looseleaf, double-sided
> version, all he would have to carry at any given time would be 20-25 sheets
> of paper.
> Begin forwarded message:
> I am in your torts section this semester. I have purchased the loose-leaf
> edition of the torts textbook you assigned. I was a bit surprised at the
> heft of the thing, so I was thinking about using an office copier to turn it
> into a PDF. I’ve tried to do a bit of research on the copyright issues
> surrounding this, but it’s a bit unclear. Section 107 of the copyright act
> deems the ‘reproduction’ in part of copyrighted works for educational use,
> but since I would be scanning a book that I have already purchased for
> personal-educational use, whether I am reproducing it is unclear. The
> closest analog I could think of was the spate of cases in the early 2000’s
> against people who ripped CD’s they owned into mp3’s and shared them. But
> the RealNetworks case only ruled on whether it was legal to make use of
> excerpts from DVDs; "the question of whether a consumer has a right to make
> a fair use copy of a DVD she has purchased . . . is not presented on this
> motion and is not addressed by the court." 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1433, at
> *16 (I got this from a Wikipedia discussion page, so the lexis citation
> might be incorrect).
> Since I’m biking to school it would be much easier to bring the book as a
> PDF on my ipad. I have an app that can highlight and make notes, which I
> plan on using anyway. Anyway I thought it would be worth asking, as I would
> prefer to have a digital copy. Obviously I’m creating a lot of trouble for
> myself and you before orientation, but if you could sound off on this over
> the next day or three I would really appreciate it.
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