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2017 Patterson Copyright Award Winner: Jonathan Band

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Band is the 2017 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. The award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. copyright law, fair use and the public domain. ALA President James Neal…

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Copyright Office releases draft bill to change Section 108

Thirteen years. That’s arguably how long the U.S. Copyright Office and many in industry and the library universe (notably including ALA president Jim Neal) have wrestled with difficult practical, legal and political questions about whether or how to modernize section 108 of the Copyright Act (17 USC §108). That’s the…

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Washington Office’s copyright expert, puzzle master recognized

Here’s something you may not know about the Washington Office’s in-house copyright expert Carrie Russell: Carrie loves puzzles. On the first floor of the Washington Office, Carrie always has a jigsaw puzzle in progress. And, in her office on the second floor, she’s spent the last 18 years trying to…

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Copyright Office IT modernization progress report

The library community has been urging Congress not to derail the Copyright Office (CO)’s ongoing IT modernization by relocating it now or in the future. Rights holders, on the other hand, have been lobbying hard for CO independence. Some of them argue that the CO should become independent of the…

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Copyright in music webinar now available

An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Copyright in music and sound recordings: introduction and legislative update” is now available. Originally broadcast on September 7, 2017, presenter Eric Harbeson, music special collection librarian at University of Colorado-Boulder, introduced us to singular and confounding aspects of music copyright—compulsory licensing, state protection…

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