Copyright

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Yesterday, the Obama Administration transmitted to the Senate the ratification package for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. After extensive executive review, the Senate now has a chance to pass copyright legislation that will ratify the Treaty, adopted in June 2013 by the World Intellectual Property ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Fair Use highlighted at Re:Create conference

"Copyright on the Horizon" panelists discuss the future of copyright law, fair use and the Copyright Office.

In his opening remarks at the November 17 Re:Create conference, Public Knowledge President & CEO Gene Kimmelman shared his thoughts about fair use as a platform for today’s creative revolution, and about it being a key to the importance of how knowledge is shared in today’s society. That set the tone for a dynamic discussion of copyright policy and law ... Read More »