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Conserving constitutional copyright: A clarion call for common sense

Copyright discourse has been knocked off its moorings. Rights holders would have you believe that the foundational purpose of the copyright law is to protect their exclusive ability to reap the financial windfalls their works generate (case in point: the

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Heads Up! What does the HathiTrust decision mean for libraries?

Jonathan Band, legal counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance (of which ALA is a member), prepared a document [pdf] detailing how the HathiTrust decision affects libraries interested in mass digitization project. The document primarily focuses on academic libraries, but there

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“Miracle in Marrakesh” – Now what?

We are closing in on the one year anniversary of the “Miracle in Marrakesh,” which took place on June 30, 2013. This was the day when we all were astonished that, at the diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, the World Intellectual

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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

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ALA applauds second circuit affirmation of fair use

Today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) the ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that providing a full text search database and providing access to works for people with print disabilities is fair use. The court

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