Copyright

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The American Library Association is taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law and addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Oh, EULAs! End-user ... Read More »

School district kicks out fair use

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I have an email folder called “sad, but true,” where I store weird news items, usually about copyright/fair use: The Irish daycare centers that were sued for showing DVDs at playschool, and each child was each charged a three euro penalty fee. The news that Rod Stewart was being sued over the rights to an image of his own head. ... Read More »

National library groups question proposed Copyright Office reforms

The Library Copyright Alliance released the following statement this afternoon: “Earlier today the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee released a multi-part policy statement entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office” soliciting public comment on the proposals they outline as a prelude to legislation anticipated in the next Congress.  The Library Copyright Alliance, a group of national library organizations collectively ... Read More »

CopyTalk webinar rescheduled

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  Due to technical difficulties, today’s CopyTalk webinar on the Section 108 video project has been rescheduled for January 5th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. The URL for the rescheduled webinar is the same: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/copytalk/ For additional details about the planned webinar, please check out our previous post. Read More »

CopyTalk webinar: Section 108 video project

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Starting in the late 1970s academic libraries built collections of VHS titles with an emphasis on supporting classroom teaching. On average, academic libraries have more than 3,000 VHS tapes.  Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, ... Read More »