Author Archives: Carrie Russell

Next CopyTalk – Understanding Rights Reversion

Join copyright attorney Brianna Schofield, Executive Director and Erika Wilson, Communications and Operations Manager from the Authors Alliance on October 5th to learn about rights reversion. Authors who have a rights reversion provision in their contractual agreements with publishers can regain their rights of copyright. By doing so, authors can bring their out-of-print books back in print, deposit them in ... Read More »

2017 Patterson Copyright Award Winner: Jonathan Band

ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff, Jonathan Band, Brandon Butler and Mary Rasenberger.

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Band is the 2017 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. The award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. copyright law, fair use and the public domain. ALA President James Neal had this to say: “Jonathan Band has guided the library ... Read More »

Copyright Office IT modernization progress report

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The library community has been urging Congress not to derail the Copyright Office (CO)’s ongoing IT modernization by relocating it now or in the future. Rights holders, on the other hand, have been lobbying hard for CO independence. Some of them argue that the CO should become independent of the Library of Congress (LC) because the CO’s technology needs, rights ... Read More »

Library licensing concerns: beyond legal details

In August, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) released a “Literature review on the use of licenses in the library context, and the limitations this creates to access to knowledge,” authored by Svetlana Yakovleva. This 40-page report is recommended reading for those interested in gaining an understanding of library licensing concerns that go beyond legal details. Many ... Read More »

CopyTalk must go on!

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We just dodged a calamity that would have forced us to cancel CopyTalk! What was the problem? Our moderator, Patrick Newell and the person who hits the record button (me) will not be available on the 7th. What’s the solution? We have pitch hitters! Laura Quilter, acclaimed copyright expert and counsel at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and long-time OITP copyright ... Read More »