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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 »

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

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#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 decisions have been more protective of public access to information and accommodating to the needs of the education, research, and ... Read More »

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 Authors Guild’s recent derision of HathiTrust and the Google Books Library Project as “ad hoc approaches to digitization that endanger ... Read More »

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 are nuggets for any non-profit library conducting mass digitization. Now we wait for the decision that will be made in ... Read More »

“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 Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on an international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Why such a surprise? It is ... Read More »