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ALA seeks candidates for 2015 Google policy summer fellowship

Google Policy Fellows

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2015 Google Policy Fellows program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation eight years ago at the program’s founding. For the summer of 2015, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., ... Read More »

Sony leak reveals efforts to revive SOPA

Sony Pictures studio.

Working in Washington, D.C. tends to make one a bit jaded: the revolving door, the bipartisan attacks, not enough funding for libraries — the list goes on. So, yes, I am D.C.-weary and growing more cynical. Now I have another reason to be fed up. The Sony Pictures Entertainment data breach has uncovered documents that show that the Motion Picture ... Read More »

ALA Washington Office copyright event “too good to be true”

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On Tuesday, November 18th, the American Library Association (ALA) held a panel discussion on recent judicial interpretations of the doctrine of fair use. The discussion, entitled “Too Good to be True: Are the Courts Revolutionizing Fair Use for Education, Research and Libraries?” is the first in a series of information policy discussions to help us chart the way forward as ... Read More »

Indexing the internet and searching for “free”

“If we can put a man on the moon and we can transplant a heart, we surely can say when something shows up ‘free’ and do something about that.” Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). In March, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on Section 512, the provision that provides protection for internet ... Read More »

Takedown notice ≠ infringement

Amidst a flurry of congressional hearings and treaty negotiations, it is important to remember that statistics often tell half of the story. As I catch up on recent U.S. House subcommittee hearings, I continue to marvel at how often both committee members and witnesses conflate a total number of takedown notices with actual cases of infringement. This is not a ... Read More »