Dr Herbert West writes“Students at Ontario College of Art and Design were forced to buy a $180 textbook filled with blank squares. Instead of images of paintings and sculpture throughout history (that presumably would fall under fair-use) the textbook for ‘Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800′ features placeholders with a link to an online image. A letter from the school’s dean stated that had they decided to clear all the images for copyright to print, the book would have cost a whopping $800. The screengrabs are pretty hilarious, or depressing, depending on your point of view.”
This is even more absurd and outrageous—I think—than the Authors Guild lawsuit to to stop universities from providing access to orphaned works, in the name of “copyright” belonging to some unknown owners (see The Authors Guild versus Amazon’s Kindle Lending Program; How to keep orphaned books orphans).
Can we just get rid of copyright law now, please?