Publishers Say They Are Not the Enemy in University Copyright Disputes

At Georgia State and elsewhere, they duel with librarians over the future of scholarly content

Publishers and librarians still don't understand or trust each other—even though they share a mission to deliver scholarly content. Whatever happens in a closely watched court battle over fair use, it has made the persistent divisions between the two groups more evident than ever.

What we're seeing in this lawsuit, between Georgia State University and a trio of prominent academic publishers, is part of a much bigger struggle over how scholarly communication will evolve in a