Letter to Jule L. Sigall re: Orphan Works Notice of Inquiry (Mar. 25, 2005)
Library Copyright Alliance response to the Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works.
Letter to Lamar Smith re: Support for the Family and Entertainment Copyright Act of 2005, S. 167 (Mar. 2, 2005)
Letter from library associations supporting the Family and Entertainment Copyright Act of 2005, S. 167.
Introduction to Scholarly Communication Issues from UCSF Library & Center for Knowledge Management
A New Day for the DMCA: The Chamberlain and Lexmark Decisions
Recent circuit-level decisions in Chamberlain v. Skylink and Lexmark v. Static Control Components interpreted the Digital Millenium Copyright Act in a manner that will prevent its use to restrict legitimate competition in after-market components. By placing on plaintiffs the burden of proving intent to infringe copyright, judges on both panels not only dictate the correct outcome in these cases, but also provided defendants in other cases a way to short-circuit litigation when infringement is nowhere to be seen. Published in Electronic & Commerce Law Vol. 9 No. 45 (November 2004).
Letter to Orrin Hatch and Patrick J. Leahy re: S. 2560, Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (Sept. 17, 2004)
Letter from interested organizations expressing concerns with the Copyright Office's September 9, 2004 recommended statutory language for a new form of secondary liability for copyright infringement.
Letter to Orrin Hatch and Patrick J. Leahy re: S. 2560, Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (Oct. 6, 2004)
Letter from public interest organizations asking the Senators not to bring up S. 2560 at their scheduled Executive Business Meeting on October 7.
Letter to Senators Hatch, Leahy, Daschle, and Frist re: S. 2560, the Induce Act (Aug. 24, 2004)
Letter from interested organizations, in response to the invitation to witnesses at the hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, suggesting an alternative to S. 2560, the Induce Act.
Letter to Orrin Hatch re: S. 2560, Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (Jul. 6, 2004)
Letter from interested organizations requesting that United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary hold hearings on S. 2560, the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004" before taking action.
Libraries Support H.R. 107, Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act
H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act, is needed to restore a proper balance in copyright law between the rights of copyright users and the rights of copyright owners--a balance that is essential to the future conduct of research and education in the digital age.
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.
Statement of Miriam M. Nisbet, H.R. 107, Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (May 12, 2004)
Testimony urging Congress to support the Digital Media Consumers?? Rights Act.
Testimony of Peter Jaszi on H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act (May 12, 2004)
Testimony delivered on behalf of the Digital Future Coalition.
Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: H.R. 3261, "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (Jan. 15, 2004)
Letter expressing opposition to the H.R. 3261, entitled "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act."
Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin re: "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" Discussion Draft (Sept. 8, 2003)
Letter from the Net Coalition regarding the "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" ("Discussion Draft" or "Draft"), specifically several provisions that would be unnecessarily punitive to the Internet community but would exceed other similar federal statutes.
Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association Concerning the Proposed United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement
Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the proposed United States-Bahrain free trade negotiations (Bahrain FTA), August 25, 2003. These comments address, in particular, chapters that may impact intellectual property rights and services.
Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association Of Law Libraries, and Special Libraries Association Concerning the Proposed United States-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement
Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the proposed United States-Dominican Republic free trade negotiations (Dominican Republic FTA), August 28, 2003. These comments address, in particular, chapters that may impact intellectual property rights and services.
Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association Of Law Libraries, and Special Libraries Association on the Second Draft Consolidated Texts of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement
Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the second draft consolidated texts of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement (FTAA), December 27, 2002. These comments address, in particular, the FTAA chapters on intellectual property rights and services.
Membership Meeting 2003 (Fall): Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee [highlights]
Proceedings of the 143rd ARL Membership Meeting, October 2003.
Letter to Kamil Idris re: World Intellectual Property Organization (Sept. 4, 2003)
Letter from library associations expressing dismay at press reports that the World Intellectual Property Organization may not take up an important recent proposal to hold a conference on open and collaborative models for development of public goods.
Letter to Lamar S. Smith re: Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2003 (Jul. 24, 2003)
Letter from library associations expressing concern with certain provisions of H.R. 2517, the "Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2003."
Letter to Zoe Lofgren re: Support for the Public Domain Enhancement Act (Jun. 24, 2003)
Dastar Corporation, Petitioner v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Et al.
In this case, we are asked to decide whether ß43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U. S. C. ß1125(a), prevents the unaccredited copying of a work, and if so, whether a court may double a profit award under ß1117(a), in order to deterfuture infringing conduct.
Membership Meeting 1998 (Fall): The Digital Millennium: What Does It All Mean?
Proceedings of the 133rd ARL Membership Meeting, "Confronting the Challenges of the Digital Era," October 1998.
Letter to Veronica Steadman re: Technological Protection Systems for Digitized Copyrighted Works (Docket No. 2003-C-006): Higher Education Associations’ and Library Associations’ Statement for the Record (Feb. 4, 2003)
Letter from higher education and library associations to the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Letter to Veronica Steadman re: Docket No. 2003-C-006, Technological Protection Systems for Digitized Copyrighted Works: Higher Education Associations’ and Library Associations’ Comments and Request to Testify (Jan. 14, 2003)
In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems For Access Control Technologies
Reply Comments of Library Associations following public hearings.
Fair Use in Multimedia: Digital Age Copyright
Discusses fair use guidelines for multimedia.
Law Professors' Letter on Section 104 Report
In August 2001, the United States Copyright Office missed an opportunity. Under the broad mandate of Section 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, it had been open to the Office to inquire widely and reflect deeply on the effects of that legislation and "the development of electronic commerce and associated technology" on some of the basic structural features of the Copyright Act.
Register.com v. Verio: Revised Amici Curiae Brief (March 1, 2001)
Amici submit this brief urging that this Court reverse the decision of the trial court (in Register.com v. Verio) which effectively prohibits the copying of facts from a publicly accessible website. Amici represent the interests of many sectors of the computer, software, Internet telecommunications, and information services industries, as well as users of digital information.
National Geographic Society v. Greenberg: Amicus Brief in support of National Geographic