Georgia State University Digital Coursepack Lawsuit

In April of 2008, three publishers, including AAUP members Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, filed suit against Georgia State University officials, citing a pattern of illegal distribution of copyrighted book and journal content through digital course management and similar systems controlled by Georgia State. The Association of American University Presses supported the difficult decision made by Cambridge and Oxford, both AAUP members, to take this action—particularly in light of its broad concerns for the critical role that university presses, which are non-profits, play in the world of university instruction and scholarly communications.

Statements and Articles

AAUP Amicus Brief Filed - February 7, 2013

AAUP Statement on Amicus

Summary of AAUP Amicus

Q&A on AAUP's Position (members)

Publishers Announce Appeal - September 10, 2012

Plaintiffs' Statement on Appeal

AAP Statement on Appeal

Ruling Issued - May 11, 2012

AAUP Statement on Ruling

AAP Statement on Ruling

Oxford University Press Statement on Ruling

Cambridge University Press Statement on Ruling

Article of Interest - March 29, 2010

"Georgia State and (Un)Fair Use: A Rebuttal to Kenneth Crews"
Sanford Thatcher, Against the Grain

AAUP Announces Support of Plaintiffs - April 16, 2008

AAUP Statement on Suit

Litigation Documents

As a matter of interest to the AAUP community, we are posting public documents from the legal complaint filed against GSU. Filings and court documents can also be found at Justia.com.

AAUP Amicus Curiae Brief, February 7, 2013

Copyright Alliance Amicus Curiae Brief, February 6, 2013

Text and Academic Authors Association and Authors Guild Amicus Curiae Brief, February 5, 2013

Peters, Oman, and Baumgarten Amicus Curiae Brief, February 4, 2013

Plaintiffs' Appellant Brief, January 28, 2013

Ruling issued May 11, 2012 (PDF via INFOdocket)

On March 17, 2011, Judge Evans issued an order denying the GSU motion to dismiss on sovereign immunity grounds and setting a trial date of May 16, 2011

Plaintiffs' Reply Memorandum of Law in Further Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgement, April 26, 2010

Reply Brief in Support of Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgement, April 26, 2010

Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Exclude the Putative Expert Testimony of Kenneth D. Crews, April 14, 2010

Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgement, April 5, 2010

Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Summary Judgement, March 1, 2010

Defendants' Local Rule Statement of Material Facts to Which There is No Genuine Issue in Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgement, March 1, 2010

Memorandum in Support of Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, March 1, 2010

Plaintiffs' Local Rule 56.1 Statement of Facts in Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgment, February 26, 2010

Rebuttal Expert Report of Kenneth D. Crews, J.D., Ph.D., November 2, 2009

Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Exclude the Expert Report of Kenneth D. Crews, June 19, 2009

Plaintiffs' Motion to Exclude the Expert Report of Kenneth D. Crews and Supporting Memorandum, June 5, 2009

Expert Report of Kenneth D. Crews, J.D., Ph.D., June 1, 2009

Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief, April 15, 2008