The Jerusalem District Court has approved yesterday a settlement agreement between the Hebrew University and two publishers, the Bialik Institute Publications, and Schocken Books (Schocken is also the publisher of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper). This settlement agreement is a remarkable achievement to the Israeli higher education community, as it contains a mutual recognition that most of the principles that Israeli academic institutions have developed in their Code of Fair Use Best Practices are indeed fair use.
Specifically, the Publishers have recognized as fair use the inclusion of digital excerpts from books and full articles in e-reserves systems, provided that access is limited only to students that are registered in the particular course using an ID number and a password. The University and the Publishers have agreed that those uses constitute fair use and require no permission or payment. Read more ›