Intl. Copyright Advocate Makes Statement to WIPO in Geneva

International Copyright Advocate Lori Driscoll and OITP Copyright Specialist Carrie Russell are currently in Geneva, Switzerland, for a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). On behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance, they made the following statement to the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Read More »

MacArthur grant to bolster public interest, advocacy in digital copyright

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON – The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) announces that its major digital copyright programs and initiatives to strengthen the public access to information, especially in libraries, will be supported by a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.   The grant of $385,000 will cover calendar years 2008 and 2009, and will ... Read More »

International Copyright Advocates to Defend ‘Balance’ in World Community

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON – Last week, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) met with three librarians recently appointed to become ALA’s first International Copyright Advocates, to represent library interests on the world copyright stage. The International Copyright Advocate initiative was established this year to broaden library representation at international copyright meetings, where copyright activities have intensified. ... Read More »

Nominations Sought for L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

The American Library Association seeks nominations for the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Ray Patterson was a foremost legal thinker, writer, and practitioner who championed users’ rights. He was a pioneer who drew attention to the restrictive nature of aggressive enforcement, new interpretations, and unnecessary expansions of copyright law. By recognizing those who follow in ... Read More »

New Copyright Scholars Come to Washington

Last week, Carrie Russell of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy conducted training for the eight new Copyright Scholars, the team of copyright specialists now serving as consultants on the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN). By all accounts, the training was a great success, and with the help of these librarians CAN will continue to be a key resource for librarians ... Read More »