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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…


How Fair Use Prevailed in the Harry Potter Case

PRESS RELEASE Washington DC–The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) have released “How Fair Use Prevailed in the Harry Potter Case,” by Jonathan Band, JD. Band contends that, despite US District Court Judge Robert Patterson’s September 8 ruling that the print version of Steven Vander…

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IMMEDIATE ACTON NEEDED: Support S. 2913 Orphan Works Legislation!

This is a request for emails and faxes today (Friday, Sept. 26th) and tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 27th) to your Representative asking them to vote for S. 2913 as passed by the Senate and considered by the House of Representatives. Background and Talking Points: The House and Senate have been considering…


Library Copyright Alliance Releases Statement at WIPO General Assembly Meeting

Janice Pilch, ALA OITP International Copyright Advocate and LCA representative, voiced library concerns at the WIPO General Assembly meeting currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland. She said that immediate action is needed in order to preserve creative works, and described the unique position that libraries occupy in preserving copyrighted content.…

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NIH Public Policy Hearing held on September 11, 2008

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), testified in defense of the recently enacted National Institute for Health (NIH) Public Access Policy during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property hearing on September 11, 2008. The hearing was held in…

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