Refitting a t-shirt

Plenty of people have written about the (really quite big) issues involved in providing various sizes of promotional t-shirts. Very brief recap: the “unisex” sizes of t-shirts are usually cut for taller and straighter bodies, and tend to look less great on shorter, rounder, or curvier bodies. Quite a few vendors of curvier-cut blank shirts […]

Solutions Manual Solutions

Solutions manuals are turning out to be one of the BIG challenges of COVID teaching – most instructors are accustomed to having students buy their own textbooks, but are still pretty likely to be putting a solutions manual on physical course reserve. (I.e., making sure there’s a copy in the library that students can check […]

What is that citation doing?

Saying “this is not my work!” Saying “this is the work of [named person or entity]!” Showing where the author found information or an idea. Showing other people where to find that information or idea, too. Showing that someone, anyone, other than the author has previously stated this piece of information or articulated this idea. […]

Copyright Report, #13 – Access Copyright v. York University

This is not a full roundup of copyright news, but for those keeping an eye on copyright issues in higher education broadly, you’ll want to know about the Federal Court of Canada decision in the Access Copyright v. York University case. Access Copyright is the Canadian equivalent to the Copyright Clearance Center in the U.S.; […]

What does a Copyright Librarian do, anyway? Special user agreements

A lot of people I meet are curious what my job is like. In fact, a lot of my colleagues who work in the same library as me don’t know what I do with my time. So I’m going to highlight some interesting things that come up in my work. Hopefully, this may become a […]

Copyright Report #12; General shenanigans

“Who’s On First?” Routine goes to the Supreme Court The heirs to Abbott & Costello recently sued a Broadway play that involves quotation of the classic “Who’s On First?” comedy routine. Court decisions so far have disagreed as to whether the quotation in the play is a fair use or not, but a more fundamental […]

Copyright Report, #11 – Cheerleading and copyright office reform

Only two real pieces of news, but they’re fairly major. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (PDF), determining that cheer uniforms are copyrightable – or at least, the designs incorporated within the uniform are, if they would qualify for protection if they were -not- part of the […]