In the last chapter of forthcoming my book, I write about the challenges of copyright law and how many a digital humanist is destined to become a 19th-centuryist if the law isn’t reformed to specifically allow for and recognize the importance of “non-expressive” use of digitized content.*
This week the Amicus Brief that I co-authored with Matthew Sag and Jason Schultz was submitted. The brief (see Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild, Inc. Et Al V. Hathitrust Et Al.) includes official endorsement from the Association of Computers in the Humanities as well as the support and signature of many individual scholars working in the field.
* “Non-expressive use” is Matthew Sag’s far more pleasing formulation of what many have come to call “non-consumptive use.”