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A non-transformative argument for orphan works

Guest Post by Eric Harbeson, University of Colorado, Boulder In the last decade, policymakers and advocates have been debating how best to solve the problem of “orphan works”—those works that are, or are presumed to be, under copyright, yet whose rightful owner cannot be identified or found. That orphan works…

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Fair use déjà vu

Occasionally I’ll walk back to the office library and pull out a decades old ALA Bulletin—the precursor to American Libraries—and open to a random page just to see what drew ALA readers’ interest in days gone by. In the year 1980, we were talking about the “coming revolution” of the…

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Copyright abandonment

The Cato Institute sponsored a program yesterday, Intellectual Property and First Principles, on the differing opinions of conservatives and libertarians on intellectual property [sic]. The conservative argued that copyright was a natural right and therefore intellectual property was indeed property worthy of government protection. The libertarian, on the other hand,…

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Good news, but wait…

Yesterday, the Obama Administration transmitted to the Senate the ratification package for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. After extensive executive review, the Senate now has a chance to pass copyright legislation that will ratify the…

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