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A copyright suit against Georgia State University over book excerpts available to students via the school library’s online reading room will likely set new standards for the academic use of copyrighted works for free, said the federal judge in Atlanta hearing the case.

“There is not a single case in the United States at any level that spells out what the standards are for fair use [of copyrighted materials] at a university like Georgia State,” U.S. District Senior Judge Orinda D. Evans said during closing arguments on June 7 that concluded a two-week bench trial. “There is no road map out there.”

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