Tag Archives: copyright law

The classics live forever

This summer, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3301, the “Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act,” also known as the CLASSICS Act (impressive acronym!). Music librarians have been talking about pre-1972 sound recordings for some time. A quirk in U.S. copyright law, sound recordings were not awarded copyright protection ... Read More »

Copyright abandonment

The Cato Institute sponsored a program yesterday, Intellectual Property and First Principles, on the differing opinions of conservatives and libertarians on intellectual property [sic]. The conservative argued that copyright was a natural right and therefore intellectual property was indeed property worthy of government protection. The libertarian, on the other hand, argued that copyright is a creation of Congress— a grant ... Read More »

Beware of copyright creep!

Like a spooky monster, copyright creep can slither its way into many aspects of life.

I’m not talking about a spooky looking monster, dead set on ending the world as we know it, or a sticky ooze that slowly trickles over the planet because we destroyed the rainforest. Copyright creep is an expression that refers to the expansion of copyright law and policy, inching and slinking its way into aspects of life that surely James ... Read More »

Copyright looks different from Jamaican eyes

Street in Montigo Bay, Jamaica

This week, the Re:create Coalition of which ALA is a founding member held two events: One highlighting academic research in copyright held at Howard University School of Law; and a half day of panel discussions on “Modernizing Copyright Law for Today’s Reality.” The program on academic research hosted by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University ... Read More »

Dr. Yoonmo Sang: OITP Research Associate

Dr. Yoonmo Sang, newly appointed Research Associate with OITP.

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Yoonmo Sang will be working with ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) as a Research Associate effective October 5, 2015. This fall, Dr. Sang will build on the work from his doctoral dissertation “Copyright and the Future of Digital Culture: Application of the First Sale Doctrine to Digital Copyrighted Works.” One of his ... Read More »