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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…


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…

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Study Shows Fair Use, Libraries to be Economic Boon

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON – Today, the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released a report concluding that fair use and other copyright exemptions that libraries utilize are a major contributor to economic growth in the United States. Long a central issue for libraries, fair use allows for the lawful usage…

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Copyright Video: ‘A Fair(y) Use Tale’

This blog entry is intended for membership educational purposes and does not necessarily reflect the policy positions of the American Library Association. Eric Faden of Bucknell University compiled a entertaining video about copyright. Entitled ‘A Fair(y) Use Tale’, the video consists of short, one-word segments from various cartoon movies to…

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