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ALA Washington Office copyright event “too good to be true”

On Tuesday, November 18th, the American Library Association (ALA) held a panel discussion on recent judicial interpretations of the doctrine of fair use. The discussion, entitled “Too Good to be True: Are the Courts Revolutionizing Fair Use for Education, Research and Libraries?” is the first in a series of information policy discussions to help us chart the way forward as ... Read More »

ALA to host copyright policy discussion in Washington, D.C.

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#174601328 / gettyimages.com The way we access and use information in the digital age is fundamentally mediated by copyright policy. For several decades, this policy has been largely shaped by commercial interests. However, in the last three years, several court decisions have been more protective of public access to information and accommodating to the needs of the education, research, and ... Read More »

Heads Up! What does the HathiTrust decision mean for libraries?

Jonathan Band, legal counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance (of which ALA is a member), prepared a document [pdf] detailing how the HathiTrust decision affects libraries interested in mass digitization project. The document primarily focuses on academic libraries, but there are nuggets for any non-profit library conducting mass digitization. Now we wait for the decision that will be made in ... Read More »

ALA applauds second circuit affirmation of fair use

Today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) the ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that providing a full text search database and providing access to works for people with print disabilities is fair use. The court also ruled that the Authors Guild lacked standing, and therefore could not assert infringement claims against the HathiTrust. The Library ... Read More »

“Safe zone” established during orphan works roundtable

It’s become a tradition for rights holders, creators and cultural institutions such as libraries, archives and museums, to gather to debate about orphan works legislation. For those not in the know, back in 2006, the Copyright Office published a report (pdf) on works that are thought to be “orphans.” These are works still protected by copyright whose rights holder or ... Read More »