What is Tasini?

Tasini meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

On June 25, 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in New York Times Co. v. Tasini that publishers of newspapers and periodicals infringed the copyrights of freelance writers by making the full-text of their articles publicly available in computer databases without permission. The suit was filed in 1993 against the New York Times Co., Inc. and four database providers by Jonathan Tasini, president of the 7,200-member National Writers Union. The American Library Association (ALA) filed an amicus curiae brief on the side of the freelancers.Upholding the 1999 decision of the Federal Appeals Court in favor of Tasini and five other freelance writers, the high court rejected the contention that reproduction in an electronic database is a “revision” of a collective work and therefore permissible under existing copyright law, instead ruling that because articles distributed in a database are taken out of the context of the original print publication, the author retains online rights unless a prior agreement is made with the publisher. The case was sent back to the lower court for determination of appropriate remedies.The New York Times Co. reacted to the decision by announcing its intention to withdraw up to 115,000 articles from its full-text electronic archives, mostly published between January 1, 1978 (the date the Copyright Act of 1976 went into effect) and 1995 when most periodical publishers began including electronic rights clauses in contracts with freelance writers. The effect of the decision on academic authors who publish in scholarly journals remains unclear. Most database vendors have been less than forthright in revealing to libraries the extent of removal of full-text from their products in compliance with the Tasini decision. Click here to read the Tasini decision, courtesy of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.


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