Author Archives: Carrie Russell

3D printing technologies in libraries: intellectual property right issues

Join us for our next installment of CopyTalk, March 5th at 2pm Eastern Time. In the past the use of photocopy, printing, scanning and related technologies in libraries raised copyright issues alone. A new technology is making its way into libraries; 3D printing technology now allows a patron to create (print) three-dimensional objects as well. Patrons can now “print” entire ... Read More »

Copyright Office should modernize its operation

Old library card catalogue

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has mulled its way through 16 well-attended and sometimes contentious hearings on comprehensive copyright reform since 2013. Thursday’s hearing—“the U.S. Copyright Office: Its Function and Resources—sounds like one that keen copyright followers might think is mundane enough to skip, but they would be wrong. The Office’s functions tremendously affect how libraries, businesses, authors, and other ... Read More »

Tweet questions about fair use and media resources

Eastern Bluebird

Next week is Fair Use Week so let’s celebrate with a copyright tweetchat on Twitter. On February 25th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern), legal expert Brandon Butler will be our primary “chatter” on fair use. There are few specific copyright exceptions that libraries and educational institutions can rely on that deal specifically with media, so reliance on fair use is ... Read More »

In progress we trust

Child scribble drawing. Protected by copyright for the life of the child plus 70 years.”

At yesterday’s copyright briefing for new members and staff of the U.S House of Representatives, six aspects of copyright were discussed: the purpose of the copyright law, copyright term and extension, formalities, statutory damages, fair use and first sale—all in ninety minutes, amazing given the complexity of the topic and the fact that all of the panelists were lawyers (who ... Read More »

Not my Maytag!!

Photo by Yann Gar via Flickr

Today I attended a briefing for new staff and members of Congress on copyright (free lunch). Event speakers included Mike Godwin, innovation policy director, R Street Institute; Rebecca Tushnet, professor, Georgetown University Law School; Jonathan Band, copyright counsel, American Library Association; and Sherwin Siy, vice president for legal affairs, Public Knowledge. The program was remarkable because the speakers were well ... Read More »