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Conserving constitutional copyright: A clarion call for common sense

Copyright discourse has been knocked off its moorings. Rights holders would have you believe that the foundational purpose of the copyright law is to protect their exclusive ability to reap the financial windfalls their works generate (case in point: the

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My conversation with a copyright troller

This week—just because I wanted to see what would happen—I impersonated a librarian at a rural public library that had recently received a “cease and desist” notice asking that the library pay a $250 fine because a user illegally downloaded

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CopyTalk webinar

Join us for our next installment of CopyTalk, August 7th at 2pm Eastern Time. “International Copyright and Library Practices,” a one-hour presentation covering the basics of international copyright and how it applies to use of foreign works by libraries and

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Update on cell phone unlocking

Who says that Republicans and Democrats can’t work together? Last week, bipartisan legislation was passed by the Senate! The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (S. 517) allows cell phone users—once their contract term with a service provider expires—the

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Libraries call for fix to remedies

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee for the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another copyright review hearing—this one on copyright remedies. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which the American Library Association (ALA) is a member, submitted comments that

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