An agreement was reached last month in the copyright-infringement suit brought by nine publishers against New York University and eight of its faculty members. Under the agreement, the publishers, who claimed the faculty members had violated federal copyright laws by improperly photocopying materials for classroom use, withdrew the suit and the university agreed to adopt specific policies relating to the photocopying of copyrighted material.
The guidelines define minimal standards for the "fair use" of copyrighted material and apply to teachers who want to use multiple copies in the classroom; they do not apply to copies made by individual students.
"It is apparent that copyright compliance is in the mutual interest of the publishing and university communities," said Townsend Hoopes, president of the Association of American Publishers, which financed the suit. "We are hopeful that this agreement will serve as a basis for administrative responsibility and faculty compliance at other colleges and universities."
The publishing companies that filed the suit last December in federal district court in Manhattan are: Addison Wesley, Alfred A. Knopf, Basic Books, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Macmillan, the National Association of Social Workers, Random House, and Simon & Schuster.
Twenty thousand high schools across the U.S. received an introductory copy this spring of a new social-studies magazine for high-school students.
Published by Scholastic Inc., the new periodical, Update, will cover topics of current national interest, according to Editor Tad Harvey. Each issue of the 24-to-36-page magazine will focus on a subject such as the economy, American-Soviet relations, national defense, or the Presidency. It will be published fortnightly during the school year.
The magazine, designed for classroom use, will survey social studies teachers periodically to analyze their teaching needs and to measure their response to the magazine.
Proposed magazine features include essays by authorities in the field on current topics and charts analyzing the future of computers in social studies.
The magazine will supplant Scholastic's Senior Scholastic and Scholastic Search and is sold, by subscription, for $3.95 a year per student. For more subscription information, contact Steven Swett, publisher of Scholastic Inc. magazines, at 730 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003.
Three women and three men have received the first Open Book Awards, given by the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a professional organization of independent nonfiction writers that is active in First Amendment issues.
Established by Evelyn Kaye, co-chairman of the society's professional-rights committee, the awards "recognize those people who really put themselves on the line in their work" in combating censorship, according to Ms. Kaye. The winners, selected after an 18-month national search, were honored in March at a dinner in New York City. They are:
Faith Brunson, a book buyer for Rich's Department Store in Atlanta and a plaintiff in a successful suit against Georgia's "minors' access" law, which barred minors from certain bookstores;
Teresa Burnau, a Warsaw, Ind., teacher who lost her job in 1978 when she objected to her principal's order to remove three of the six books, including Go Ask Alice, from the curriculum of a women's-studies course she was teaching;
Nat Hentoff, columnist for the Village Voice and author of The First Freedom and The Day They Came to Arrest the Book;
Leo Meirose, a Tampa-Hillsborough, Fla., public librarian who successfully fought to keep several books on sex education in the children's section of the library;
Michael Sheck, the Baileyville, Me., student whose suit over the local school board's removal of the book 365 Days from the school library--Michael Sheck, v. Baileyville School Committee--was heard last year before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a split decision, the Court ruled that the school board could not arbitrarily remove books from the shelves; and
Rosanne Stead, manager of Jocundry's Books in East Lansing, Mich., who was active in the society's "I Read Banned Books" anti-censorship campaign.
For more information on the society's work, or to send recommendations s Open Book Awards, write Ms. Kaye at the American Society of Journalists and Authors, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1907, New York, N.Y. 10036 or call (212) 997-0947.
The textbook-publishing industry is concerned not only with what goes into books but how they are constructed. And although it does not police publishers, it offers them a complete guide to what are considered current industrywide standards of quality and durability.
Those standards are detailed in the Advisory Commission on Textbook Specifications's latest edition of The Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (Elementary and High School).
Members of the commission include representatives of the Association of American Publishers, the Book Manufacturers Institute, and the National Association of State Textbook Administrators. The book is available for $12.50 from acts, 111 Prospect St. (4th floor), Stamford, Conn. 06901.
The Children's Book Council will hold its first national conference, "Everychild: The American Conference," Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at the New York Hilton in New York City.
An opening ceremony will honor the U.S. winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, presented every two years to an author and an illustrator by the International Board on Books for Young People.
Speaking at the conference, which is designed for teachers, book publishers, librarians, editors, and others who work with children and children's books, will be professionals from the book publishing and communications fields, including: Lloyd Alexander, recipient of the Newbery Medal, a National Book Award, and an American Book Award; Robert Cormier, author of novels for young adults; and George Gerbner, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, who will discuss "reading in the age of telecommunications."
A "Family Day" during the conference will feature a discussion of censorship with Robert Hale of the American Booksellers Association and the authors Judy Blume, Alice Childress, and Norma Klein, who write books for young adults.
The registration fee for the three-day event is $50 ($45 before June 15); the one-day fee is $25 ($22.50 before June 15). For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Children's Book Council, 67 Irving Place, New York, N.Y. 10003.--ab