Copyright

Licensing isn’t working

The sinking of the RMS Lusitania

Starting in 2012, the British Library replaced its interlibrary loan service with a license document delivery agreement with the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the Publishers Association.  Perhaps to improve turnaround time to provide better service, perhaps to save money by outsourcing, or perhaps because of fear of infringement, the British Library agreed to switch ... Read More »

Top secret, hush, hush

"Confidential" highlighted in yellow.

The American Library Association touts the importance of the free flow of information and access to information especially from the government and the public sector. A lack of government transparency only leads to speculation and a distrust of the government.  ALA has a Government Documents Round Table whose members focus on effective access to government information. The ALA Washington Office ... Read More »

More books accessible

Photo by Jonas Tana via Flickr

Two phenomenal things happened during the ALA Annual conference in Orlando in support of equitable access to information.  First, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Canada ratified the Marrakesh Treaty in their national copyright laws bringing the total number of ratifications to twenty – the magic number necessary to put the treaty into force on June 30, 2017.  Readers may remember that the ... Read More »

Re:create event draws crowd

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Re:create, the copyright coalition that includes members from industry and library associations, public policy think tanks, public interest groups, and creators sponsored a program – How it works: understanding copyright law in the new creative economy – to a packed audience at the US Capital Visitors Center. Speakers included Alex Feerst, Corporate Counsel from Medium; Katie Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel ... Read More »