Tag Archives: digitization

The HathiTrust ruling and what you should know about it

Yesterday, ALA issued a statement celebrating the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on HathiTrust v. Authors Guild. People who do not follow copyright or work in academic libraries may be unaware of the importance of this ruling. In the ruling, the court found that libraries (more than 80 institutions including research libraries and the Internet Archive collectively called the ... Read More »

Copyright, libraries and digitization at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

How are libraries coping with digitization and copyright? Are these activities legal? On Sunday, June 29, 2014, copyright experts will discuss digital access and mass digitization projects during “Copyright and Digitization+,” a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The conference will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas ... Read More »

Court rulings and “bad actors” plague orphan works roundtables

While reviewing my notes from last week’s orphan works roundtables, it is clear that some rights holders were still stinging from the results of two recent court rulings–the HathiTrust and Google Book Search decisions. In both of these decisions the court validated that the scanning of books were transformative fair uses that enhance search, preserve texts and make content available ... Read More »

A win is a win — HathiTrust, libraries and fair use

If you haven’t yet heard, on October 10, 2012, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York Judge Baer ruled in the Authors’ Guild, Inc, et al. v. HathiTrust, et al.  At the heart of the case was the Authors’ Guild’s (AG) assertion that the HathiTrust Digital Library’s (HDL) scanning and digitizing of works from several universities for inclusion into ... Read More »

Library associations, EFF file friend of the court brief in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc.

On August 1, 2012, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries), together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), filed a friend of the court brief (pdf) in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., a lawsuit in which authors allege that Google violated copyright by scanning books ... Read More »