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Helping authors get rights back through termination of transfers

Creators who enter into publishing agreements are often asked to sign away their copyrights before anyone knows their worth and in circumstances where they have little choice but to acquiesce. In the U.S., statutory termination of transfer provisions allow creators to regain copyrights they signed away decades ago. With rights…

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August CopyTalk: Controlled digital lending by libraries

CopyTalk is back after its short summer hiatus with a new webinar. Lila Bailey from the Internet Archive and Professor Michelle Wu from Georgetown University will present controlled digital lending. In a time of limited resources, libraries are always seeking to maximize their reach with decreasing funds. One way to…

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Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act passes the Senate

At long last, the U.S. Senate passed the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by unanimous consent in a business meeting held yesterday. Because the legislation makes modest amendments to Section 121 (“the Chafee Amendment”), the House Judiciary Committee must give their consent to the amended legislation before it goes…

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Library Copyright Alliance applauds new ACCESS to Recordings Act

The Library Copyright Alliance – consisting of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries – applauds today’s introduction of the Accessibility for Curators, Creators, Educators, Scholars, and Society Recordings Act (“ACCESS to Recordings Act”) by Senator Ron Wyden. The bill…

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Another big step toward Marrakesh Treaty ratification

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to send the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S.2559) to the full Senate for a vote. If passed by two-thirds of the Senate, the legislation will go to the President for final signature. For more than ten years, associations representing the print disabled,…

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