Legislation

The hierarchy of creative people

Photo by David Lapetina

A coalition formed “to combat copyright piracy and demonstrate the value of creativity”— Creative America—has changed its name to CreativeFuture. Major motion picture and television companies initially formed this group now that is now considering the future, the present day, and no doubt, the past as well. CreativeFuture now has individual members as well industry and trade groups. These new ... Read More »

ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

Linda Lord Testifying at July 2013 Hearing

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will take place on April 29, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358C. During ... 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 »

Silly rulemaking; unworkable solution for libraries

ATS Cine Projector Operators, Aldershot,_Hampshire, England, UK, 1941

The U.S. Copyright Office posted reply comments for this year’s round of the triennial 1201 rulemaking. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), a coalition of U.S. library associations of which ALA is a member, filed initial comments (pdf) in February requesting an exemption to circumvent digital technology employed by rights holders when technological protection measures (TPMs) prevent users from exercising a ... Read More »

ALA springs to defense of IMLS

IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was flagged this week as a possible program to “zero out” in the proposed House of Representative’s Concurrent Resolution on the Budget. Both the House and Senate are considering such Resolutions this week, although only the House’s plan suggests eliminating funding for IMLS. In a press release issued just hours after the ... Read More »