As we reported in March, Peggy Hoon is the recipient of the 2008 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights, which was established to recognize the contributions of an individual who pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of U.S. copyright law, fair use, and the public domain. Peggy was presented the award by members of the OITP Copyright Advisory Committee at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California on Monday.
Peggy E. Hoon is the North Carolina State University’s Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration. In this role, Ms. Hoon helps shape the university’s policies and regulations with regard to copyright, and she has shared that knowledge with countless other libraries and universities, through a busy speaking schedule and strong presence on the Internet. She has developed a new web site focused entirely on matters of copyright at http://provost.ncsu.edu/copyright/
The Patterson Award, which is partially funded by the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is named after L. Ray Patterson, a key legal figure who explained and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. He helped articulate that copyright law was negatively shifting from its original purpose and overly favoring rights of copyright holders. His book, The Nature of Copyright: A Law of Users’ Rights is the definitive book on the constitutional underpinnings of copyright and the critical importance of the public domain.