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Now accepting Patterson copyright award nominations

Text in a book highlighted to feature copyright. The nomination period is open for the L. Ray Patterson Award, an American Library Association-sponsored honor that recognizes particular individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts.” Nominations will be accepted through May 15, 2017.

Appropriate nominees for the Patterson Award are persons or groups who — over a stretch in time — have made significant and consistent contributions in the areas of academia, law, politics, public policy, libraries or library education to the pursuit of copyright principles as outlined below.

The award is named after L. Ray Patterson, a key legal figure who explained and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. He helped articulate that copyright law was negatively shifting from its original purpose and overly favoring rights of copyright holders. His book, The Nature of Copyright: A Law of Users’ Rights, is the definitive book on the constitutional underpinnings of copyright and the critical importance of the public domain.
Please include illustrative examples of how your nominee has contributed to the pursuit of the fundamental tenets of copyright law. Nominees who have worked or collaborated with libraries will be given special consideration.

Send letters of nomination outlining a candidate’s qualifications for this award to:

Carrie Russell, Director, Program on Public Access to Information
ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, First Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009

Submissions can also be emailed to Carrie at For more information, visit

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