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European library association launches “right to e-read” campaign

In 1995, UNESCO designated April 23rd as World Book and Copyright Day, a day to celebrate literature, authors, and reading.  It is therefore fitting that the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has marked the same date

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Court rulings and “bad actors” plague orphan works roundtables

While reviewing my notes from last week’s orphan works roundtables, it is clear that some rights holders were still stinging from the results of two recent court rulings—the HathiTrust and Google Book Search decisions. In both of these decisions the

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It may not be the Academy Award but there’s still time…

The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy is accepting nominations for two prestigious awards. The first is the L. Ray Patterson Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. The Patterson Copyright Award recognizes contributions of an individual or group

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ALA Copyright Activist Honored at the World Library and Information Congress

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) honored longtime library advocate Winston Tabb at the World Library and Information Congress, which took place last week in Helsinki, Finland. Tabb, who is the dean of Libraries and Museums at

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Library Copyright Alliance Touts Copyright Exceptions at International Assembly

For the last four years, advancement towards more flexible copyright law continues in earnest at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s 24th Copyright and Related Rights Standing Committee session (SCCR), which started on July 16, 2012, and will continue through July

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