I have been thinking, talking and teaching librarians about copyright for a good number of years now, initially as one of the first designated “copyright librarians” at the University of Arizona—Thom Deardorff at the University of Washington was the very first, I believe—and then as the copyright specialist for the American Library Association (ALA).
I’ve been to a bunch of workshop and meetings about copyright. I went to Harvard for a Cyberlaw summer course where I met Larry Lessig and Yochai Benkler. I audited Peter Jaszi copyright course and work with him often. I created a copyright award named in honor of Ray Patterson who I met in 2001. I know the big names. I enjoy a seminar on copyright formalities. For a while there, I used to like to read congressional hearings, but ever since I started attending a few congressional hearings in person, it is just not the same. I have advocated for fair use and balanced copyright since 1995. I wrote two books on copyright for librarians. By now I am an old hand at this stuff, a certified copyright geek.
This week, ALA and other associations and groups are celebrating Copyright Week—rather fun for the geeks—and ask that readers (and especially librarians) support our principles about six copyright issues via Twitter. For me, the week means I have a good excuse to blab about copyright. (Sneak peek: Look for a future post on Jack Valenti, former MPAA lobbyist.)
I encourage everyone to tweet about Copyright Week (#CopyrightWeek) and share their thoughts!