Tag Archives: copyright office

The Copyright Office doesn’t need a small claims court

an empty courtroom

The American Library Association (ALA), through the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), provided cautionary feedback on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (CASE Act) introduced by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA 10th) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th). Co-signers to the LCA letter included R Street Institute, the Authors Alliance, and Public Knowledge. The bill calls for the establishment of ... Read More »

Libraries again oppose unneeded, risky Section 108 update

U.S. Copyright Office Seal

As reported last month, ALA and the other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have been scrutinizing the Copyright Office’s extensive new analysis of and recommendations for statutory changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 (a.k.a. “the library exception”) allows libraries to make copies for preservation and other purposes, including interlibrary loan. The report was released ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Libraries again fight for exemptions from “Digital Locks” copyright law

Space Nebula

For astronomers, it might be once in a few million years when a key comet comes back around.  For a soccer-crazed world, it’s every four years until the World Cup is back in play.  For library-focused copyright “geeks” the not-really-magic-at-all interval is 3 years.  That’s how often librarians, educators, disabled persons, internet security researchers, technologists, businesses and anyone else who ... Read More »