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A nice day for a field hearing

In an unusual move, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, IP and the Internet took a field trip to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Monday to hold a copyright hearing. Perhaps

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American Library Association names Oakley scholarship awardee

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Carla Myers the 2014 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their

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Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called

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What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

Librarians applauded when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database in November of last year. In the dismissal of the case, the Court called Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case

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Google Book Search Case Dismissed

Today marks yet another big victory for libraries in the courts. U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin has issued a judgment in Authors Guild v. Google, ruling in favor of Google and thereby dismissing the case. At issue is whether

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