February 23, 1996
Appeals Court Rules Against Publishers in "Course Packs" Case
The owner of a small copy shop who took on the publishing industry and was sued for his trouble has convinced a federal appeals court that his reproduction of excerpts without permission did not violate copyright law.
James M. Smith, the owner of Michigan Document Services, had refused to abide by a copyright-permissions system that he viewed as time-consuming, costly, and harmful to education.
In 1992, three publishers sued Mr. Smith and his company for copyright infringement.