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Appeals court decision undermines free speech, misinterprets copyright law

Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an amicus brief calling for reconsideration of a 9th circuit court decision in Garcia v. Google, case where actress Cindy Sue Garcia sued Google for not removing a YouTube video in which

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Court rulings and “bad actors” plague orphan works roundtables

While reviewing my notes from last week’s orphan works roundtables, it is clear that some rights holders were still stinging from the results of two recent court rulings—the HathiTrust and Google Book Search decisions. In both of these decisions the

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Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called

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“Safe zone” established during orphan works roundtable

It’s become a tradition for rights holders, creators and cultural institutions such as libraries, archives and museums, to gather to debate about orphan works legislation. For those not in the know, back in 2006, the Copyright Office published a report

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It may not be the Academy Award but there’s still time…

The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy is accepting nominations for two prestigious awards. The first is the L. Ray Patterson Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. The Patterson Copyright Award recognizes contributions of an individual or group

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