Taking Photos of Solutions Manuals in Library
- June 24, 2009 @ 7:56amcdawson says:One of the library staff members noticed that a student checked out a solutions manual, which is an answer key, that was on reserve in the library and sat at a table and took pictures of the pages with his digital camera. What should we do about this? This is certainly a first that we have seen this occur in the library. I assume that the student will load the photos onto the computer and look at the answers instead of paying the $.10/page to make copies. Thanks for any feedback you can provide!
- June 24, 2009 @ 5:08pmdan says:I'm not sure the library should do anything. The library hasn't done anything to infringe anyone's copyright. The student might have infringed, and even that is questionable, but you can't control what your customers do.
- July 6, 2009 @ 12:40pmJanetCroft says:I agree with dan -- once the item is in the hands of the user, the library bears no responsibility for what the user may do. Taking pictures with a digital camera is no different from scanning or even photocopying. If the student then posts these pictures on the internet, that's his violation, not yours. (The thing about our own photocopiers and scanners is that we can post warnings to educate the user. Using his own camera, he's on his own to understand his rights and obligations.)
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