Author Archives: Adam Eisgrau

Copyright Office releases draft bill to change Section 108

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Thirteen years. That’s arguably how long the U.S. Copyright Office and many in industry and the library universe (notably including ALA president Jim Neal) have wrestled with difficult practical, legal and political questions about whether or how to modernize section 108 of the Copyright Act (17 USC §108). That’s the provision that creates a “safe harbor” from copyright infringement liability ... Read More »

Email privacy protection measures introduced in Senate

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Nearly six months ago, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) was approved overwhelmingly in the House. Now, bipartisan legislation just introduced in the Senate goes further. It fully incorporates and significantly expands the protections laid out in H.R. 387 to comprehensively update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The “ECPA Modernization Act of 2017” was co-authored by Sens. Mike ... Read More »

Library funding bill passes Labor HHS

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In response to today’s House subcommittee vote, ALA President Jim Neal sent ALA members the following update: Colleagues, I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS, ... Read More »

Breaking #SaveIMLS news from ALA Pres. Jim Neal

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

Today, ALA President Jim Neal sent this #SaveIMLS campaign update to the ALA membership regarding tomorrow’s vote on part of the House Appropriations Committee bill: Colleagues, I’m pleased, but with important cautions, to tell you that all of our collective work to Fight for Libraries! is poised to pay off dramatically. Key parts of the House Appropriations Subcommittee bill that ... Read More »

First key vote on FY18 library funding set for July 13

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Earlier today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees library funding announced that it will meet and vote this Thursday afternoon, July 13 at 4:30 p.m., to consider a key vote on a large spending bill that will save, trim or totally wipe out funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funding for the Library Services and Technology ... Read More »