Copyright

Silly rulemaking; unworkable solution for libraries

ATS Cine Projector Operators, Aldershot,_Hampshire, England, UK, 1941

The U.S. Copyright Office posted reply comments for this year’s round of the triennial 1201 rulemaking. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), a coalition of U.S. library associations of which ALA is a member, filed initial comments (pdf) in February requesting an exemption to circumvent digital technology employed by rights holders when technological protection measures (TPMs) prevent users from exercising a ... Read More »

Call for Nominations: Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship

Robert Oakley

Librarians interested in intellectual property, public policy and copyright have until June 1, 2015, to apply for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The annual $1,000 scholarship, which was developed by the American Library Association and the Library Copyright Alliance, supports research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers. Applicants should provide a statement of intent for use of ... Read More »

Archived webinar on 3D printing available

Funky old reel to reel tape machines

Wondering about the legal issues involved with 3D printing and how the library can protect itself from liability when patrons use these technologies in library spaces? Check out our latest archived webinar, “3D printing: policy and intellectual property law”. The webinar was presented by Charlie Wapner, Policy Analyst (OITP) and Professor Tom Lipinski, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s I-School. Read More »

3D printing technologies in libraries: intellectual property right issues

3D Printer

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 »