Copyright

Changes to copyright liability calculus counterproductive

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ALA – as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) – submitted a second round of comments in the Copyright Office’s study on the effectiveness of the notice and takedown provisions of Section 512. In its comments, LCA argues that the effectiveness of federal policies to improve access to information and enhance education (such as the National Broadband Plan adopted by ... Read More »

New amicus briefs on old copyright cases

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The American Library Association (ALA), as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), joined amicus briefs on Monday in support of two landmark copyright cases on appeal. The first (pdf) is the Georgia State University (GSU) case—yes, that one— arguing that GSU’s e-reserves service is a fair use. The initial complaint was brought back in 2008 by three academic ... Read More »

Buy it, own it you do! “YODA” is back!

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Blogging about Congress and legislation can sometimes be, well, a little challenging.  How to make it exciting, engaging . . . or at least interesting to a non- policy wonk audience?  Then there are those happy times when we here at District Dispatch just can’t improve on the original. This week, was one of those times. Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) ... Read More »

Archived webinar on Sci-Hub and resource sharing now available

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An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Open Access ‘Pirates:’ Sci-Hub and #icanhazpdf as Resource Sharing” is now available. Originally webcasted on February 2, 2017, by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education subcommittee, this webinar was one our most popular CopyTalk of all time. Presenters were Carolyn Caffrey Gardner from California State University Dominguez Hills and Gabriel J. ... Read More »

Upcoming webinar on uneasy sharing (aka piracy)

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Our February 2 CopyTalk is going to be quite interesting. Its title is “Open Access Piracy: Sci-Hub and #icanhazpdf as Resource Sharing.” Many of you have probably heard about the infamous SciHub website that provides free access to costly scholarly journals that libraries often buy. Our speakers will discuss the use of popular resource sharing methods like SciHub that may ... Read More »