The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released a white paper “Copyright Reform for a Digital Economy” yesterday that includes many ideas also supported by libraries. The American Library Association shares the same philosophy that the purpose of the copyright law is to advance learning and benefit the public. We both believe that U.S. copyright law is a utilitarian system that rewards authors through a statutorily created but limited monopoly in order to serve the public. Any revision of the copyright law needs to reflect that viewpoint and recognize that today, copyright impacts everyone, not just media companies. The white paper does get a little wonky in parts, but check out at least the executive summary (or watch the webinar) to learn why we argue for fair use, licensing transparency, statutory damages reform and a respect for innovation and new creativity.
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