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ALA signs trade policy principles

Today ALA signed the Washington Principles on Copyright Balance in Trade Agreements, joining over 70 international copyright experts, think tanks and public interest groups. The Principles address the need for balanced copyright policy in trade agreements. Over the years, trade policies have increasingly implicated copyright and other IP laws, sometimes…

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Archived CopyTalk webinar on students and music sharing available

An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Music copyright: what do students know and what do we do about it?” is now available. Originally presented on November 2 by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, the webinar features Kathleen DeLaurenti, Open Access Editor, Music Library Association Head…

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Music copyright: what do students know? what do we do about it?

Join us for CopyTalk on November 2nd with Kathleen DeLaurenti, Open Access Editor, Music Library Association Head Librarian, Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. DeLaurenti will give an overview of a research project to identify how college-aged students perceive music copyright and the process…

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The Copyright Office doesn’t need a small claims court

The American Library Association (ALA), through the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), provided cautionary feedback on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (CASE Act) introduced by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA 10th) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th). Co-signers to the LCA letter included R Street Institute, the Authors Alliance,…

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Libraries again oppose unneeded, risky Section 108 update

As reported last month, ALA and the other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have been scrutinizing the Copyright Office’s extensive new analysis of and recommendations for statutory changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 (a.k.a. “the library exception”) allows libraries to make copies for preservation…

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