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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Deans Say Electronic Content Raises Risks"

An article in the Copyright Clearance Center electronic
newsletter, Extra (Winter, 2007), states that "more than
60% of college deans and administrators see their campuses’
risk of copyright infringement rising as electronic course
materials grow in popularity." The article goes on to
say that about one third of senior administrators require
faculty and staff to secure copyright permissions on their own
and 59% of administrators do not include provisions for
copyright fees and licenses within departmental budgets.

The findings are based on the Academic Information Consumption
Study conducted by the CCC, which was based on a 2006 survey
conducted by TideWatch, an independent research company.
According to the article, participants included college and university
faculty, students, senior administrators, librarians, IT managers and
staff from campus copy shops and bookstores.

Additional details from the study are available for download
from the article web page.