Intellectual Freedom

ALA discusses intellectual property enforcement

Girl creating in library maker space

Responding to a request for input on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator through the Library Copyright Alliance. To highlight those comments, I offer a few observations of a more informal nature on intellectual property enforcement: Kids and others (e.g., designers, entrepreneurs, and ... Read More »

You might as well have stayed in DC

Nashville is site of U.S Judiciary Committee listening tour, photo courtesy of Matthew Percy, flickr photo share.

At this stage of the copyright reform effort, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is meeting with stakeholders for “listening sessions,” which give concerned rights holders or users of content an opportunity to make their case for a copyright fix. To reach a broader audience, the Committee is going on the road to reach individuals and groups around the country, and ... Read More »

Webinar: Protect the freedom to read in your library

Washington, D.C. Public Library, Photo by Phil Freelon

What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and wants to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way? In this 1-hour webinar ... Read More »

ALA says “NO!” to Section 215 reauthorization gambit

Senator McConnell.

As both chambers of Congress prepare to take up and debate long-needed surveillance law reform, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) bill (introduced late yesterday) to simply reauthorize the “library provision” (Section 215) of the USA PATRIOT Act until 2020 without change of any kind was met today by a storm of opposition from leading privacy and civil liberties groups ... Read More »

OITP releases report exploring policy implications of 3D printing

3D Printer

3D printers can do incredible things – from creating food, to rendering human organs, to building spare parts for the International Space Station. A small but growing number of libraries make 3D printers available as a library service. Library 3D printers may not be able to make you a pizza (yes, that’s possible) or operate in zero gravity, but they ... Read More »