Tag Archives: HathiTrust

CopyTalk webinar on finding the public domain

Cup of coffee with beans.

What would it take to pull together the expertise to perform copyright reviews on 11 million digitized books? The Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) was recognized by the ALA in 2016 as the recipient of the prestigious L. Ray Patterson Award for copyright advocacy – the first group effort so honored. CRMS is a University of Michigan-led initiative to answer ... Read More »

More books accessible

Photo by Jonas Tana via Flickr

Two phenomenal things happened during the ALA Annual conference in Orlando in support of equitable access to information.  First, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Canada ratified the Marrakesh Treaty in their national copyright laws bringing the total number of ratifications to twenty – the magic number necessary to put the treaty into force on June 30, 2017.  Readers may remember that the ... Read More »

Good times in Colorado Springs

UCCS Sci Eng. Building

Last week, I had the pleasure of being part of a wonderful conference—the fourth annual Kraemer Copyright Conference in Colorado Springs. The conference was impeccably organized and facilitated by Carla Myers (a former winner of the Robert A. Oakley Scholarship).  Always oversold, I was lucky to get in because I had a speaking gig. In my presentation about library advocacy, ... Read More »

A non-transformative argument for orphan works

Fair Use Week 2016

Guest Post by Eric Harbeson, University of Colorado, Boulder In the last decade, policymakers and advocates have been debating how best to solve the problem of “orphan works”—those works that are, or are presumed to be, under copyright, yet whose rightful owner cannot be identified or found. That orphan works exist (and all the evidence points to their existing in ... Read More »

Expert to discuss copyright trends at the 2015 ALA Conference

Golden gate bridge and Fort Point in San Francisco. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

It’s been an exciting year in copyright law, with important precedents set on fair use and mass digitization, search engines, and what is protected by copyright. Join copyright leaders at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Copyright Litigation: The Year in Review (and What’s Coming Next).” The interactive session takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on ... Read More »