Tag Archives: fair use

Want to double-down on fixing the Copyright Law? Fix ELUAs.

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The American Library Association is taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law and addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Oh, EULAs! End-user ... Read More »

School district kicks out fair use

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I have an email folder called “sad, but true,” where I store weird news items, usually about copyright/fair use: The Irish daycare centers that were sued for showing DVDs at playschool, and each child was each charged a three euro penalty fee. The news that Rod Stewart was being sued over the rights to an image of his own head. ... Read More »

Ask away: Get your copyright questions answered

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Have a question about copyright policies? Library copyright experts will be available during the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. to respond to vexing copyright questions about licensing, fair use, electronic reserves, using music, images and video content, and more. Join copyright leaders during the interactive session “Ask Us Anything: Copyright Open House,” at which participants ... Read More »

Accepting nominations for the Patterson Award

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The nomination period is open for the L. Ray Patterson Award, an American Library Association-sponsored honor that recognizes particular individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: ‘to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts.’” Nominations will be accepted through April 15, 2016. Appropriate nominees for the ... Read More »

Congress stands still; technology, the courts and fair use marches onwards

Guest Blog Post by Tom Lipinski* As I was preparing the readings for my doctoral seminar in Information Policy class the other week I ran across a Congressional Budget Office report from 2004 [Copyright Issues in Digital Media (A Congressional Budget Office Paper)]. The last part of the report evaluates four courses of action: Forbearance (doing nothing), increase the use ... Read More »