Mandatory Public Access to Federally Funded Research Does Not Violate Copyright Obligations
Statement from ARL, SPARC, and ALA refuting the argument of several publishers of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals who argued that proposed legislative changes to the NIH Public Access Policy would violate U.S. treaty obligations under Article 13 of TRIPS and Article 9 of the Berne Convention, and potentially constitute a "compulsory license."
Library Copyright Alliance Supports Orphan Works Reform
Orphan works are works whose copyright owners cannot be identified and located. Libraries and archives possess millions of orphan works in their collections, in the form of photographs, letters, manuscripts, drawings, and older books. These works often have great historic and cultural significance. However, because the copyright owners cannot be located, libraries cannot obtain the rights holders' permission to make these works widely available to the public. This leaves libraries on the horns of a dilemma. Libraries can either disseminate the works and face the risk of the copyright owners demanding statutory damages and injunctive relief; or leave the works in archives, where few people can see them.
Library Copyright Alliance Strongly Supports HR 1201, the FAIR USE Act (Feb. 7, 2007)
Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) press release in support of the introduction of the Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing US Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act of 2007, HR 1201.
Cornyn Remarks on Federal Research Public Access Act
Senator Cornyn introduces the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, "legislation that will refine the work done by NIH and require that the federal government's leading underwriters of research adopt meaningful public access policies."
Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals
This statement arose out of a 2005 meeting of library leaders hosted by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals
Personal Technology Freedom Coalition Created
Press release announcing that a broad group of organizations and companies representing diverse sectors of the U.S. economy has come together to form a new organization, the Personal Technology Freedom Coalition.
In the Matter of Joint Petition for Rulemaking to Resolve Various Outstanding Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act
Joint statement of industry and public interest.
Library Community Opposes Bill to Restrict Access to Data [press release]
Speaking on behalf of five of the nation's leading library organization—the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association—Prudence S. Adler, Associate Executive Director, ARL, voiced the opposition of the library community to the recently introduced "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (H.R. 3261).
Special Collections Statement of Principles: Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections
This statement of principles, "Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections," was prepared by the ARL Task Force on Special Collections in December 2002 and endorsed by the ARL Board of Directors on February 6, 2003.
Library Community Statement on Freedom of Speech and Access to Information
Library association statement in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing (a.k.a. the Tempe Principles)
The "Tempe Principles" were agreed to by the undersigned individuals as a result of a meeting held in Tempe, Arizona, on March 2-4, 2000. Sponsored by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Merrill Advanced Studies Center of the University of Kansas, the meeting was held to facilitate discussion among the various academic stakeholders in the scholarly publishing process and to build consensus on a set of principles that could guide the transformation of the scholarly publishing system.
Statement of Patricia A. Wand before the Subcommittee on Legislative, House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 1999 Appropriations for the Library of Congress.
Statement in support of the Library of Congress FY 2005 request of $602.3 million.
How “Patriot Act 2” Would Further Erode the Basic Checks on Government Power That Keep America Safe and Free
Statement from the ACLU regarding the The USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress shortly after September 11, 2001.
Statement of Patricia A. Wand before the Subcommittee on Legislative, House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2001 Appropriations for the Library of Congress.
Statement supporting the Library of Congress request of $428.1 million for FY 2001 (including the authority to obligate $33.6 million in receipts) representing an 11.4% increase in the Library's budget.
Statement of Patricia A. Wand before the Subcommittee on Legislative, House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2000 Appropriations for the Library of Congress.
Statement supporting the Library budget request of $383.7 million, representing a 5.5% increase in the Library's budget.
ARL Statement on Unlimited Use and Exchange of Bibliographic Records, 1987
ARL Statement on Unlimited Use and Exchange of Bibliographic Records, 1989
ARL Statement on Library Education