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Learn and network at ALA’s National Policy Convening

Come join us for ALA’s first-ever National Policy Convening in Washington, D.C. on April 12-13. Given that a new Administration and Congress will be coming to town, it is timely to discuss and debate information policy and the public interest: How can we advance creative and innovative learning for our…

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ALA seeks candidates for 2016 Google Policy Fellowship

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) began its participation in this program at the program’s founding in 2008. For the summer of 2016, the selected fellow will spend…

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Congress stands still; technology, the courts and fair use marches onwards

Guest Blog Post by Tom Lipinski* As I was preparing the readings for my doctoral seminar in Information Policy class the other week I ran across a Congressional Budget Office report from 2004 [Copyright Issues in Digital Media (A Congressional Budget Office Paper)]. The last part of the report evaluates…

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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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