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You bought it, you own it: Copyright policy should foster freedom

To celebrate Copyright Week, the American Library Association will join a number of organizations to exchange ideas, information and actions about copyright reform. From Monday, January 13th until Saturday, January 18th, copyright experts will explore different aspects of copyright law

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Posted in Copyright, e-books, Intellectual Freedom

US library lending is happening

The first sale exception is a popular topic these days for librarians, consumers and policy makers. It is so trendy right now that it almost outshines fair use, and that’s saying something. This is likely due to some recent events.

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Posted in Copyright, e-books, OITP, Public Libraries, School Libraries

Understanding the Supreme Court First Sale Decision

In The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley on Libraries (pdf), Jonathan Band explains the recent landmark copyright decision on the scope of the “first sale” doctrine, its context, and its likely consequences for libraries in the

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Today: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Libraries, Consumer Rights

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court supported consumer rights and libraries in the high-profile Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc. case by ruling that goods lawfully made overseas are protected by the first sale doctrine. The Kirtsaeng case focused on whether

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Could the Supreme Court outlaw your library’s right to lend?

Any day now, the Supreme Court will make a ruling on Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  It is an important case for libraries, which could determine the future of the first sale doctrine, but most librarians probably know

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