NEW RELEASE! – Section 108 Spinner 2.0

UPDATE: Sadly the site that hosted the spinner fell prey to some malicious people and the spinner is now infected with harmful code. We are working with external consultants to clean up the spinner and the rest of the copyright tools and host them on a new, trustworthy site. Our apologies for the inconvenience and appreciation for your patience while we resolve the issue.

Do you or your staff ever have trouble determining when Section 108* applies?

Would you like a more programmatic and organized way of documenting when your library/archives does make copies under Section 108?

If so, help has arrived!

First made available under a Creative Commons license by Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy in 2007, the online Section 108 Spinner has been completely reprogrammed in 2011 with significantly more, interactive functionality.

The new Spinner 2.0 can now:
–    Provide a simple, fun interface for determining whether or not your intended reproduction meets the requirements of Section 108
–    Quickly and easily gather pertinent information on the copyrighted work and how the purpose of your reproduction meets Section 108 criteria
–    Publish, in PDF format, a time-stamped record of your full transaction, including any information on the copyrighted work you’ve provided, and how/if your use meets Section 108 criteria

This tool is intended to help those doing preservation, collection management, interlibrary loan, reference, or other services in libraries, museums and archives better take advantage of this important provision in U.S. Copyright Law by providing a quick and easy way for institutions or individuals to evaluate the applicability of a reproduction under Section 108  and then document their results. Only by fully taking advantage of the exceptions provided to libraries and archives in Section 108 can we ensure our customers will have continued access to many of our rare and unique materials.

*Section 108 is the provision in U.S. Copyright Law allowing libraries to make copies of copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright holder) under certain circumstances

About Jenni Terry

Jenni Terry was a press officer with the Washington Office.

2 comments

  1. BethAnn Zambella

    What happened to the Section 108 spinner site? Google Chrome now refuses to connect and says it may harm my computer.

  2. Hi, BethAnn –

    Sadly the site that hosted the spinner fell prey to some malicious people and indeed may harm your computer. We are working with external consultants to clean up the spinner and the rest of the copyright tools and host them on a new, trustworthy site. I’ll email you once it’s good to go. Our apologies.

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