Letter to Representatives re: H.R. 1201, The FAIR USE Act (Mar. 21, 2007)
Letter from the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) strongly supporting the introduction of the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act of 2007, H.R. 1201.
ALA and ARL Response to the Section 108 Study Group Regarding Interlibrary Loan and Other Copies for Users
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.
Letter to Steve Leggett re: comments in support of a study on the current state of recorded sound preservation in the United States (Jan. 26, 2007)
This statement is submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in response to the request by the Library of Congress for comments in support of a study on the current state of recorded sound preservation in the United States. Sound recordings are a critically important part of our Nation's cultural and educational landscape. As a consequence, the scope of these collections within the ARL community is significant and diverse. Unfortunately, these collections are also in various stages of risk.
Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations
This document, prepared by the Association of American Publishers, the Association of American Universities, the Association of American University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries, is intended to present a basic explanation of copyright law with an emphasis on its application to colleges and universities.
The Google Print Library Project: A Copyright Analysis
On August 11, 2005, Google announced that it would not scan copyrighted books under its Print Library Project until November, so that publishers could decide whether they want to opt their in-copyright books out of the project. Given the confusion in press reports describing the project, publishers should carefully study exactly what Google intends to do and understand the relevant copyright issues. This understanding should significantly diminish any anxiety publishers possess about the project.
Detailed Responses to Section 108 Working Group Questions
The Section 108 Study Group released a Background Paper and requested comments on issues relating to library and archival exceptions under Section 108. The library community provided written and oral statements to the Study Group. Based on the additional input from the library community, the responses in this document provide greater detail and in some instances, clarify the earlier statements filed in conjunction with the March Roundtables and the request for comment by the Study Group.
Part II: Detailed Responses to Section 108 Working Group Questions
The American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries convened a workshop to consider and receive additional input from members of the library and archival communities regarding the deliberations of the Section 108 Study Group. The Section 108 Study Group is examining the exceptions and limitations available to libraries and archives under Section 108 of the Copyright Act and considering changes to better meet the needs of libraries and archives in the digital environment.
The ALA and ARL Position on Access and Digital Preservation: A Response to the Section 108 Study Group
In response to issues raised by initiatives such as the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), in spring 2005 the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress convened the Section 108 Study Group. The Study Group is charged to investigate whether Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which grants exceptions to libraries and archives, should be updated to better address the use of digital technologies and networked-based resources.
Letter to Lamar Smith re: in support of H.R. 5439, the "Orphan Works Act of 2006" (Sept. 7, 2006)
Greenberg v. National Geographic Society: Amicus Brief in support of National Geographic Society
Letter to Mary Rasenberger re: Section 108 Study Group (Apr. 24, 2006)
Based on discussions during the Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C. roundtables, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) submit the following additional comments on the Section 108 Study Group efforts.
Letter to Rasenberger Re: Section 108 (February 22, 2006)
Letter to Mary Rasenberger re: Section 108 Study Group (Feb. 22, 2006)
The Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association request that Sherrie Schmidt, Arizona State University, and Ken Frazier, Director, University of Wisconsin, Madison, participate in the Section 108 Study Group Roundtable Discussions in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies: Comments from the Library Associations
Comments submitted in response to the US Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) dated October 15, 2002, on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are likely to be adversely affected by section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works. These comments were submitted on behalf of five major library associations--American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA).
Hearing on "Fair Use: Its Effects on Consumers and Industry": Statement of Prudence S. Adler on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance
Testimony of Prudence Adler on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA).
H.R.2408 - Public Domain Enhancement Act
To amend title 17, United States Code, to allow abandoned copyrighted works to enter the public domain after 50 years.View document(s) here »
Letter to Jule L. Sigall re: Reply Comments to Inquiry Concerning Orphan Works (May 9, 2005)
Letter from library associations addressing consensus proposal on orphan works.
Letter to Jule L. Sigall re: Orphan Works Notice of Inquiry (Mar. 25, 2005)
College Art Association response to the Copyright Office's notice of inquiry concerning orphan works.
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.