The Quill & Quire has linked to an article about writers’ rights in the matter of educational use of their work. Seems there may be a change where educators can reproduce work for class use without compensating the author. I know this is already happening in schools (it isn’t hard to find articles about related lawsuits) and if it is legalized it wouldn’t make much difference to the greater majority of classrooms, but will affect the few authors who are compensated for the educational use of their work now.
A large problem with this issue is that most schools and teachers could never afford to pay the charges associated with this use of literary work. It would also restrict the resources teachers can use to those with a textbook or other approved resource. This would be disadvantaging students everywhere and brings up the related issue of the current Canon in literature.
Anyway, here’s the link.