Author Archives: Carrie Russell

ALA submits comments on digital deposit

ALA, as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office (CO) regarding “Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online.” The comments describe the importance of deposit in ensuring that the Library of Congress (Library) continues to build and preserve a national collection of works. In January 2010 the Copyright Office ... Read More »

CopyTalk webinar on finding the public domain

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What would it take to pull together the expertise to perform copyright reviews on 11 million digitized books? The Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) was recognized by the ALA in 2016 as the recipient of the prestigious L. Ray Patterson Award for copyright advocacy – the first group effort so honored. CRMS is a University of Michigan-led initiative to answer ... Read More »

Next CopyTalk on rights statements

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Avoid the heat and stay inside on August 4 for a free webinar on “Rightsstatements.org: Communicating Copyright Status through Metadata.” Rightsstatements.org is a collaborative project of DPLA and Europeana to create a standard way of communicating the copyright status of works in digital collections. The project is built on the idea that accurate and clear rights statements are needed to ... Read More »

There’s a reason why we complain

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The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) could be called the “academic version” of user-generated content on the web. Scholars and academics generate content in the form of scholarly papers and post them on the SSRN for all to see, read, and comment on.  Often, academics who post their forthcoming papers or “pre-prints” intend to eventually publish them in scholarly journals ... Read More »

More good news on the disability front

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Yesterday, S. 3207, legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), passed the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill (S. 2893). This evening, that bill — with Sen. Schumer’s language — passed the House, too! That’s great news because it authorizes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to extend its service by providing refreshable ... Read More »