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ALA Joins Coalition to Protect Library Lending Rights

Today, the American Library Association announced that it has joined–as a founding member–the Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI)–a coalition of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies and associations working to protect ownership rights in the United States. The coalition was formed to champion “first-sale rights,” or ownership rights, as the issue will…


Library Copyright Alliance: Kirtsaeng case threatens library lending

Library Copyright AllianceThe Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed an amicus curiae brief (PDF) earlier this week with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng in the case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. The Alliance is comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Wiley, a publisher of textbooks, claims Kirtsaeng infringed its copyrights by re-selling cheaper foreign editions of Wiley textbooks in the U.S. that his family lawfully purchased abroad. The LCA believes an adverse decision in this case could affect libraries’ right to lend books and other materials manufactured abroad.

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