ALA, as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office (CO) regarding “Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online.” The comments describe the importance of deposit in ensuring that the Library of Congress (Library) continues to build and preserve a national collection of works.
In January 2010 the Copyright Office implemented an interim rule regarding the mandatory deposit of electronic works not available in a physical format, which previously had been exempted from the mandatory deposit rules. The LCA now recommends that the Copyright Office expand this interim rule to include online-only books and sound recordings in its deposit program. The LCA also strongly recommends that, as digital security has improved since the current interim rule was considered, the CO provide broader public access to digital deposit content.