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Section 702: Advocates brace for surveillance reform fight

With fewer than 90 calendar days remaining before the expiration of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), this week ALA joined the ACLU and a host of other major national privacy advocates in calling on the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee not to reauthorize the program without…

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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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Copyright Office releases draft bill to change Section 108

Thirteen years. That’s arguably how long the U.S. Copyright Office and many in industry and the library universe (notably including ALA president Jim Neal) have wrestled with difficult practical, legal and political questions about whether or how to modernize section 108 of the Copyright Act (17 USC §108). That’s the…

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Email privacy protection measures introduced in Senate

Nearly six months ago, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) was approved overwhelmingly in the House. Now, bipartisan legislation just introduced in the Senate goes further. It fully incorporates and significantly expands the protections laid out in H.R. 387 to comprehensively update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The…

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Library funding bill passes Labor HHS

In response to today’s House subcommittee vote, ALA President Jim Neal sent ALA members the following update: Colleagues, I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in…

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