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

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

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ALA to host copyright policy discussion in Washington, D.C.

#174601328 / gettyimages.com The way we access and use information in the digital age is fundamentally mediated by copyright policy. For several decades, this policy has been largely shaped by commercial interests. However, in the last three years, several court

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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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