Tag Archives: Library Copyright Alliance

What’s NAFTA got to do with it?

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Many may not realize that trade treaties can impact copyright law, by not including exceptions that are important for libraries services, research, user access, and fair use. So, when the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asked for comments before negotiations to re-write the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) get underway, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) took the opportunity to provide ... Read More »

Bill to make Copyright Register a Presidential appointment “mystifying”

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Late last Thursday, in a relatively rare bicameral announcement, five senior members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees endorsed legislation to transfer the power to appoint the Register of Copyrights from the Librarian of Congress to the President. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695) was authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6). It ... Read More »

Changes to copyright liability calculus counterproductive

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ALA – as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) – submitted a second round of comments in the Copyright Office’s study on the effectiveness of the notice and takedown provisions of Section 512. In its comments, LCA argues that the effectiveness of federal policies to improve access to information and enhance education (such as the National Broadband Plan adopted by ... Read More »

New amicus briefs on old copyright cases

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The American Library Association (ALA), as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), joined amicus briefs on Monday in support of two landmark copyright cases on appeal. The first (pdf) is the Georgia State University (GSU) case—yes, that one— arguing that GSU’s e-reserves service is a fair use. The initial complaint was brought back in 2008 by three academic ... Read More »

National library groups question proposed Copyright Office reforms

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The Library Copyright Alliance released the following statement this afternoon: “Earlier today the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee released a multi-part policy statement entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office” soliciting public comment on the proposals they outline as a prelude to legislation anticipated in the next Congress.  The Library Copyright Alliance, a group of national library organizations collectively ... Read More »