Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, Inc.

Citation: 99 F.3d 1381
Judge: Nelson
Opinion Date: November 8, 1996

Michigan Document Services is a commercial copy shop that reproduced substantial segments of copyrighted works of scholarship, bound the copies into “coursepacks,” and sold the coursepacks to students. The copy shop acted without permission from the copyright holders, and the main question presented in the case was whether the fair use doctrine obviated the need to obtain such permission. Answering this question “no,” and finding the infringement willful, the District Court entered a summary judgment order (855 F. Supp. 905). On appeal, the Court Circuit found that the defendants’ commercial exploitation of the copyrighted materials did not constitute fair use.

Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Inc., and St.martin’s Press, Inc., Plaintiffs-appellees, v. Michigan Document Services, Inc.

MDS Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States January 30, 1997 (cert. denied, 117 S.Ct. 1336 (1997)).

Previous Decisions

Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, INC., 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 1919 (6th Cir. 1996) decision vacated
Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, INC.
, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 7474 (6th Cir. 1996)

Analysis and Reports

  • An analysis of the MDS decision was prepared for the Association of Research Libraries by Kenneth D. Crews
  • Whom Do You Trust? Op Ed by Michigan Law’s Roberta J. Morris and Jonathan Franklin

Briefs and Documents

Plaintiffs

Defendants

  • Michigan Document Services

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