Copyright

CopyTalk: the libertarians are coming! The libertarians are coming!

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When it comes to copyright policy, you will not find strict bipartisanship between Republicans and Democrats. Both parties tend to focus on maintaining the business models that they are familiar with. Do no harm to the content companies, help the starving artists without understanding why they are not making money, and make Internet companies and anyone who provides internet services ... Read More »

Accepting nominations for the Patterson Award

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 April 15, 2016. Appropriate nominees for the ... Read More »

Applicants sought for Oakley Memorial Scholarship

  Librarians interested in intellectual property, public policy and copyright have until June 1, 2016, to apply for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The annual $1,000 scholarship, sponsored 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 the ... Read More »

CopyTalk cancelled for March

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to circumstances beyond any normal human’s control, we will not have a CopyTalk webinar for the month of March. We will be back on schedule April 7th 2015, the first Thursday of the month! Upcoming webinars will focus on music, video and best practices for fair use regarding art resources. Stay tuned! Read More »

Congress stands still; technology, the courts and fair use marches onwards

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Guest Blog Post by Tom Lipinski* As I was preparing the readings for my doctoral seminar in Information Policy class the other week I ran across a Congressional Budget Office report from 2004 [Copyright Issues in Digital Media (A Congressional Budget Office Paper)]. The last part of the report evaluates four courses of action: Forbearance (doing nothing), increase the use ... Read More »