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Libraries again oppose unneeded, risky Section 108 update

As reported last month, ALA and the other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have been scrutinizing the Copyright Office’s extensive new analysis of and recommendations for statutory changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 (a.k.a. “the library exception”) allows libraries to make copies for preservation…

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What’s NAFTA got to do with it?

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,…

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Bill to make Copyright Register a Presidential appointment “mystifying”

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…

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Changes to copyright liability calculus counterproductive

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…

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New amicus briefs on old copyright cases

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…

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