Copyright

ALA Past President Carla Hayden receives warm Senate welcome

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It was a standing room only crowd at today’s confirmation hearing of Dr. Carla Hayden, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Librarian of Congress, with the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The hearing marks the first step in the Senate review process. Three Maryland senators (one former) presented Dr. Carla Hayden to the committee. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes (and ... Read More »

Archived webinar on libertarians and copyright now available

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An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “what do Libertarians think about copyright law?” is now available. Originally webcasted on April 7, 2016 by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, presenters were Zach Graves, director of digital strategy and a senior fellow working at the intersection of policy and technology at R Street and Dr. Wayne Brough, chief economist ... Read More »

3D printing companies chime in on online copyright issues

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA): even if you don’t know exactly what it is, if you work in Library Land, chances are you’ve at least heard it talked about in passing at some point in your career. There’s a reason for that: Libraries are all about public access to content, and the DMCA is a federal statute that includes ... Read More »

Reminder: CopyTalk this Thursday with the Libertarians

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This month’s CopyTalk will be unlike any before.  This one will be about our understanding of what copyright is and why we have it in the first place.  That’s right, we’re talking copyright policy. ALA’s policy is that copyright was created by Congress to advance the dissemination of information, creative arts, and knowledge for the benefit of the public. Libraries ... Read More »

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 »