December CopyTalk webinar scheduled

Cup of coffee with beans.

By trophygeek

The next CopyTalk webinar will be on December 3, 2015 (the first Thursday of the month) at 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am. The topic will be the triennial 1201 rulemaking proceeding, this year’s announced exemptions, and proposals for changing this regulatory nightmare.

For those not familiar with the 1201 rulemaking process, be ready to step into DC wonk-land. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 mandated that it is a violation to hack digital rights management (DRM) employed by rights holders to protect access to digital works. The objective was to prevent unauthorized users to access digital content. But Congress understood that sometimes hacking DRM is necessary to make a lawful use of a work. The rulemaking proceeding is used to identify those lawful uses that are exempt from the 1201 provision.

Bored already? Don’t be, because this year’s rulemaking was one for the books – one that led to consumer backlash and executive government intervention, and…wait for it…Congressional action (not yet).

This story is real…and really ridiculous. Tune in for laughs and a good dose of snarkiness.

Our speakers are Jonathan Band— familiar to many of you because Jonathan has been ALA’s copyright legal counsel for years—and Sherwin Siy, Vice-President for Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, a civil society organization that fights the good fight. The ALA Washington Office collaborates with Public Knowledge on copyright, broadband, access to government information and other information policy issues.

If we have more than 100 attendees, we are charged some ridiculous amount that will come out of my pay check! So we ask that attendees watch the webinar with colleagues when possible.

This is the URL that will get you into the webinar on December 3. Register as a guest and you’re in. Yes, it’s FREE because the Office for Information Technology Policy and the Copyright Education Subcommittee want to expand copyright awareness and education opportunities.

An archived copy will be available after the webinar.

About Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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