Webinars

CopyTalk webinar: Section 108 video project

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Starting in the late 1970s academic libraries built collections of VHS titles with an emphasis on supporting classroom teaching. On average, academic libraries have more than 3,000 VHS tapes.  Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, ... Read More »

Nov. 17 Lifeline webinar: New broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

As the American Library Association wrote in comments last year to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), library professionals witness daily the power of technology, as well as the detrimental impact on individuals and their communities when access is unavailable, inadequate or unaffordable. We know it is unacceptable that more than half of U.S. households with incomes below $25,000 today lack ... Read More »

CopyTalk: Bias at the Copyright Office?

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I knew that title would be intriguing! At our next CopyTalk – which is this Thursday, November 3rd – Staff attorney Meredith Rose from Public Knowledge will discuss their report, Captured: Systemic Bias at the U.S. Copyright Office. Meredith will talk about the position and role of the Copyright Office, the influence of industry groups on Copyright Office policy positions, ... Read More »

CopyTalk SSRN: Another enclosure of the commons?

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What happens when Elsevier – one of the most profitable publishers of scholarly journals and research materials – buys an open access working paper platform like the Social Science Resource Network (SSRN)? Michael Wolfe from Authors Alliance will explore this topic at our next CopyTalk on October 6th, 2016. After being acquired by Elsevier, SSRN has made headlines following the discovery ... Read More »

CopyTalk: Finding the public domain

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What would it take to pull together the expertise to perform copyright reviews on 11 million digitized books? The Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) was recognized by the ALA in 2016 as the recipient of the prestigious L. Ray Patterson Award for copyright advocacy – the first group effort so honored. CRMS is a University of Michigan-led initiative to answer ... Read More »