Copyright

CopyTalk webinar on copyright court rulings now available

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If you missed the September 3rd webinar “Copyright Court Cases,” with Corynne McSherry, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) you can now access it in our CopyTalk archive. Mark your calendars! OITP’s Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk on the first Thursday of every month at 2:00 pm (Eastern). Upcoming webinars include the College Art Association’s best practices for ... Read More »

Important win for fair use and for babies who dance

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In Lenz v. Universal, an appeals court in San Francisco today ruled that a rights holder must consider whether a use is fair before sending a takedown notice. The “Dancing Baby Case,” you may recall, is about a takedown notice a mother received after uploading a video to YouTube showing her baby dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The court ... Read More »

Last chance to support libraries at SXSW

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A couple of weeks ago, the ALA Washington Office urged support for library programs at South by Southwest (SXSW). The library community’s footprint at this annual set of conferences and activities has expanded in recent years, and we must keep this trend going! Now is your last chance to do your part, as public voting on panel proposals will end ... Read More »

Tech industry association releases copyright report

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The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released a white paper “Copyright Reform for a Digital Economy” yesterday that includes many ideas also supported by libraries. The American Library Association shares the same philosophy that the purpose of the copyright law is to advance learning and benefit the public. We both believe that U.S. copyright law is a utilitarian system ... Read More »

Court cases shaping the fair use landscape

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Join us on CopyTalk in September to hear about the leading legal cases affecting Fair Use and our ability to access, archive and foster our common culture. Our presenter on this topic will be Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. CopyTalk will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern time.  After a brief introduction, ... Read More »