Tag Archives: copyright

CopyTalk: Where oh where is the public domain?

Cup of coffee with beans on the rim of the saucer.

We have another cool CopyTalk planned for December 7th! Mark your calendars for 2pm Eastern/11:00am Pacific time for our one-hour session on the public domain. We often assume that older works are in the public domain, but how can we know for sure? Peter Hirtle, the author of the frequently cited resource, “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the ... Read More »

ALA signs trade policy principles

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Today ALA signed the Washington Principles on Copyright Balance in Trade Agreements, joining over 70 international copyright experts, think tanks and public interest groups. The Principles address the need for balanced copyright policy in trade agreements. Over the years, trade policies have increasingly implicated copyright and other IP laws, sometimes creating international trade policies that conflict with U.S. copyright law ... 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 »

Copyright in music webinar now available

1700s classical music trio - piano, cello, mandolin

An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Copyright in music and sound recordings: introduction and legislative update” is now available. Originally broadcast on September 7, 2017, presenter Eric Harbeson, music special collection librarian at University of Colorado-Boulder, introduced us to singular and confounding aspects of music copyright—compulsory licensing, state protection of sound recordings, how one song recording has numerous copyrights, ... Read More »

Colorado copyright conference turns five

University of Colorado's campus in Colorado Springs.

I had the great honor of being asked to speak about federal copyright at the Kraemer Copyright Conference at the University of Colorado (UCCS) in beautiful Colorado Springs. This locally produced and funded conference is now in its fifth year and has grown in popularity. No longer a secret, registration maxes out at 200, making the conference friendly, relaxed and ... Read More »