Tag Archives: Library Copyright Alliance

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 they wanted a change of pace, or perhaps the field trip was suggested by ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler (who ... Read More »

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 early-to-mid-careers who are interested and active in intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries. Myers serves as ... Read More »

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 the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from ... Read More »

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 over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30p.m., Google Legal ... Read More »

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 Google’s scanning of over 20 million copies of books, largely received from university libraries, to create a searchable database constitutes ... Read More »