In a landmark decision in Cambridge University Press, et al. v. Mark Becker, Judge Orinda D. Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled that Georgia State University did not infringe the copyright of three textbook publishers. The judge invoked the "fair use" doctrine, ruling in favor of a GSU professor's decision allowing students to access textbook excerpts online through the university's Electronic Reserves System. She applied the doctrine to the vast majority of the infringement claims (69 of a total 74).

Ballard Spahr IP attorney Katrina M. Quicker was co-lead counsel for GSU in the 15-day trial; she was assisted by Ballard's Richard W. Miller. Ms. Quicker stated, "This ruling will be studied by universities from coast to coast because it’s the first in-depth analysis of how copyright laws will apply in the digital age in the context of higher education."

The Association of American Publishers released a statement praising the few claims that were upheld and expressing disappointment with the ruling on the other claims.