Columbia University Libraries Copyright Director Releases Third Edition of Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators
NEW YORK, March 2, 2012 –

The Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, a widely used treatise written by Kenneth D. Crews, director of the Copyright Advisory Office.


As the world of digital information continues to change at a rapid pace, Crews completely revised his highly praised, classic text to remap the territory with fresh, timely insights into applications of copyright law. The new edition includes current interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, while drawing on cutting-edge case law in 18 discrete areas of copyright.  

Librarians, educators, and information professionals will find the tools they need to understand rights and responsibilities related to copyright ownership, fair use, and other topics, especially as they related to the needs of the academic community.

Crews has specialized in copyright issues for the higher education and library communities for more than 25 years. He directs the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University and teaches in the Columbia Law School. He was the first recipient of the Ray Patterson Award from the American Library Association.

Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators. Third Edition was released in December 2011 and published by the American Library Association. It is available from the publisher and other retailers.

The Copyright Advisory Office (CAO) was established at Columbia University in January 2008, and its mission continues to evolve with changing needs. Its central function, however, is to address in an innovative, creative, and pragmatic manner the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university community. The CAO offers guidance and educational services to help the wider community address copyright issues in furtherance of the university's scholarly pursuits. For more information, visit:


Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

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