Judge Baer's pro-fair use decision in HathiTrust mass digitization case quotes amicus brief filed by Charles Colman Law, PLLC

Posted by Charles Colman

Although not directly fashion-related, this important pro-fair use ruling by Judge Baer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York should be hailed by all.  LAW OF FASHION is especially enthusiastic about it because Judge Baer's opinion, embedded below, quotes key passages from an amicus brief filed earlier this year by Charles Colman Law, PLLC, on behalf of "Digital Humanities and Law Scholars."  (Check out pages 16 and 22 of the decision to see where/how the court referred to the amicus brief.) An excellent summary of the ruling, with a nice shoutout from New York Law School's James Grimmelmann, is available here...

 

[UPDATE: See also this nice article by UVa's Siva Vaidhyanathan, stating that Judge Baer "accepted almost verbatim the arguments that a group of digital-humanities and law scholars made in an amicus brief submitted to the court, [proving that when] scholars can clearly and proudly explan the value of their work, it's possible to sway policy and law."]