Got this from UM’s publishing license negotiation team. I asked for permission to publish the email, and they said sure. I removed names just in case anybody decided to be over-zealous again.
I’m the Electronic Resources Officer at the University of Michigan
Library, i.e. one of the people responsible for negotiating licenses
with publishers. I just found out about the recent unpleasantness with
the Society of Chemical Industry over your use of the graphs from one of
their journals in Wiley InterScience. I’m just checking in to make sure
everything is ok and that there hasn’t been further communication from
either them or Wiley.
My biggest fear when I read the story on your blog was that you might
feel gun-shy in the future about making similar posts. I want to assure
you that, in addition to relying on the usual fair use protections
provided by copyright law, the Library also insists our contracts with
publishers include an explicit statement related to fair use protections
and/or use of content for academic purposes. So, you’ve got both
copyright and contract law on your side whenever you use one of the
campus’ licensed electronic resources ? If, however, you ever have
any questions, feel free to contact me or the library’s intellectual
property specialists, xxx and xxx. You can reach
them by email
Speaking of our IP specialists, they and I find your story a classic
example of some of the problems with current copyright law and practice.
We’re hoping you’d be willing to let us buy you a cup of coffee to talk
further about this situation and also about whether you’d be willing to
let us use your story as a case study of the kinds of copyright issues
that academics face. Just let us know when and where works for you.