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Author: 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

Judge Chin rejects Google Book Search amended settlement agreement

On March 22 Judge Chin, for the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, rejected the settlement among the parties in The Author’s Guild et al. v. Google Inc.  In his opinion, he stated that, While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would…

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ALA seeks nominations for 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is calling for nominations for the 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. This annual award honors individuals or groups who embody the spirit of the U.S. copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: “to advance the…

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Access for print disabled, library exceptions named top WIPO priorities

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) closed its latest copyright meeting with a two-year work plan to improve access to the print disabled and to identify potential library exceptions in international treaty agreements.  The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will devote several days of discussion at meetings…

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Conference program ‘Same Book, Same Time, Same Price’ to explore how libraries can engage in efforts to ensure access for reading impaired

Something is going on in Washington, DC… Last July, the United States signed its first human rights declaration in nearly a decade — the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — that in part says that governments should take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities…

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A Baby Step Taken, Authors Guild and AAP Agree that the Print-Disabled Have a Right to Read

Last week, I attended a training workshop for representatives of developing nations on copyright and the reading impaired. The weeklong workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), included discussions related to the proposed WIPO treaty for a copyright exception for the reading impaired,…

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