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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

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Posted in Copyright, OITP

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

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Posted in Copyright, Legislation, OITP

Reminder: Last chance to apply for Google summer fellowship

The American Library Association’s Washington Office is calling for graduate students, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs, to apply for the 2014 Google Policy Fellows program. Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014. For the summer

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Posted in OITP, Washington Office News

Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called

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ALA joins WifiForward initiative

Ten years ago, only about 18 percent of public libraries offered free public access to Wi-Fi. Now it’s nearly ubiquitous in communities of all sizes. Wireless access not only enables our library patrons to bring their own devices to access

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