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U.S. Copyright Office Approves Fix for Sound Recordings

The United States Copyright Office has recommended that pre-1972 sound recordings should be protected by federal copyright law in its Report on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings.  Currently, these older sound recordings are protected by state laws under which copyright exceptions such as library and archival preservation and…

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Topic du jour? Access!

Things are heating up in Washington — and we’re not just talking about the temperature!  Access is the topic du jour this week!  Much is happening on a number of fronts — from Congress to the U.S. Copyright Office to the FCC with regard to access and accessibility.  Advances in…

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Library associations release guide on Google Book Search amended settlement agreement

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of “A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement.” The guide describes the major changes in the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the…

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ALA/ARL/ACRL testifies in support of DMCA 1201 exemption for faculty in all disciplines

In December 2008 the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) and the Music Library Association (MLA) submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, asking for an expansion of the previous exemption to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to include the following: The…

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ALA, ARL, ACRL Host Meeting of Experts to Discuss Google Book Search Settlement

Members of library community discussed the implications of the Google Book Search settlement in a meeting hosted on February 9, 2009 in Washington, D.C. by the American Library Association Washington Office, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College & Research Libraries. Under the settlement, Google and the…

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