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Bill to make Copyright Register a Presidential appointment “mystifying”

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Late last Thursday, in a relatively rare bicameral announcement, five senior members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees endorsed legislation to transfer the power to appoint the Register of Copyrights from the Librarian of Congress to the President. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695) was authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6). It ... Read More »

Inspired by music: a copyright history

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I started to work for ALA as a copyright specialist during the Eldred vs. Ashcroft public domain court battle that ultimately went to the Supreme Court. The question was whether the recent extension of the copyright term under the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years was constitutional. In ... Read More »

Applications open for Oakley Memorial Scholarship

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In recognition of his life accomplishments and contributions, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and/or active in the fields that Robert Oakley was expert in, namely: intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries ... Read More »

Now accepting Patterson copyright award nominations

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The nomination period is open for the L. Ray Patterson Award, an American Library Association-sponsored honor that recognizes particular individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts.” Nominations will be accepted through May 15, 2017. Appropriate nominees for the Patterson ... Read More »

Next CopyTalk on copyright first responders

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Please join us for our next CopyTalk on April 6 with Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, who will discuss his innovative copyright service model. Kyle Courtney of Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication describes how library patrons, faculty, students and staff need more guidance than ever on copyright matters on issues such as fair use, open access, ... Read More »