Fair Use highlighted at Re:Create conference

"Copyright on the Horizon" panelists discuss the future of copyright law, fair use and the Copyright Office.

In his opening remarks at the November 17 Re:Create conference, Public Knowledge President & CEO Gene Kimmelman shared his thoughts about fair use as a platform for today’s creative revolution, and about it being a key to the importance of how knowledge is shared in today’s society. That set the tone for a dynamic discussion of copyright policy and law ... Read More »

Connecting all Americans to broadband

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today’s society, not all Americans are able to enjoy its economic and social benefits. In ... Read More »

New blog series to explore library digital inclusion roles

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland are pleased to launch a new Digital Inclusion blog series. Based largely on the Digital Inclusion Survey (digitalinclusion.umd.edu) conducted in partnership with ALA, iPAC, and the International City/County ... Read More »

Market solves infringement problem? Yeah, right.

The NASDAQ stock market, photo by Wikimedia.

“Let the market solve the problem” is a familiar refrain especially for those who want smaller government and fewer regulations. Frequently the market does solve the problem because the government is unable or not successful. The government’s failed attempt to combat piracy—SOPA—is an example. The public roundly opposed it and said that it was overkill, a threat to security, privacy, ... Read More »

Restrictions thwart 3D printing exemption

Library of Congress' rules for unlocking 3D printers thwart the exemption. Courtesy of Amanda Slater, Flickr.

Copyright Office to makers: Break unfair 3D printing DRM – but not really. Since late last year, the American Library Association has been tracking and participating in the latest round of the 1201 Rulemaking. Through this rulemaking process, the Copyright Office evaluates petitions for hacking barriers to digital content (formally known as Digital Rights Management) for lawful purposes. (ALA recently welcomed ... Read More »