Author Archives: Carrie Russell

State Government Information and the copyright conundrum (updated information!)

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Updated webinar registration information! (see below) Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information. Free State Government Information (FSGI) http://stategov.freegovinfo.info/ has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward ... Read More »

Amazonopoly!

Amazonopoly!

The New America Foundation held another excellent program yesterday titled “Amazon’s Book Monopoly: A Threat to Freedom of Expression?” Particularly relevant — this summer the Author’s Guild and the American Booksellers Association filed an appeal to the Department of Justice, asking for an investigation in Amazon’s alleged anti-trust activities. An archived copy of the program can be viewed here. What’s the ... Read More »

Beware of copyright creep!

Like a spooky monster, copyright creep can slither its way into many aspects of life.

I’m not talking about a spooky looking monster, dead set on ending the world as we know it, or a sticky ooze that slowly trickles over the planet because we destroyed the rainforest. Copyright creep is an expression that refers to the expansion of copyright law and policy, inching and slinking its way into aspects of life that surely James ... Read More »

Consider volunteering for ReadersFirst

ReadersFIrst is an international coalition of 300 libraries seeking to provide e-book readers with the same open, easy and free access to content that readers have with physical books.

While at ALA Midwinter, I spoke with Michael Blackwell, director of the St Mary’s County Library, about ReadersFirst, an informal organization of librarian volunteers interested in providing outstanding user focused e-book service. ReadersFirst has been around since 2012, but for those who might be unaware of their efforts, here’s the scoop: ReadersFirst is an international coalition of some 300 libraries ... Read More »

Re:Create video available

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Earlier this year, ALA became a founding member of a new copyright coalition called Re:Create. As Congress contemplates legislative change, the U.S. Copyright Office solicits public comments on software embedded in products and the 1201 rulemaking (soon), and as the federal government negotiates trade deals, Re:Create and its members engage with the message that copyright law should reflect how the ... Read More »