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Video available from conference on Traditional Cultural Expression

In November 2008 OITP hosted a conference in Washington, D.C. titled “Cultural Heritage and Living Culture: Defining The U.S. Library Position on Access and Protection of Traditional Cultural Expression.” The objectives of the conference included the following: To clarify and record the key issues for libraries that collect, provide access…

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OITP Calls for Nominations for the 2009 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

In 2002, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) established the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award to honor 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’ (U.S. Constitution,…

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Shedding Light on Fair Use FUD: Center for Social Media Releases “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education”

The Center for Social Media, in conjunction with the Program on Information, Justice and Intellectual Property, and the Media Education Lab, released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education. This important document helps dispel more of the FUD–Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt–behind fair use in the…

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Google Book Search Settlement Agreement Reached

Earlier today Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), announced a major settlement agreement resolving the class-action lawsuit brought by book authors and publishers in response to Google’s Book Search digitization project. ALA is currently reviewing the extensive agreement to determine what resulting implications there may be–for all types…

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