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Library Copyright Alliance Statement on Copyright Reform

In the wake of Judge Chin's rejection of the Google Books Settlement, there has been a renewed interest in legislative solutions to a variety of copyright issues affecting libraries, including those implicating the mass digitization of books, the use of orphan works, and the modernization of 17 U.S.C. §108 (particularly preservation). The Library Copyright Alliance, comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has several general comments on possible efforts to address these issues via legislation.

pdf lca_copyrightreformstatement_16may11.pdf

 
 

Letter to Patrick J. Leahy and Orrin Hatch re: Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, S. 2913 (May 1, 2008)

Letter from the Library Copyright Alliance regarding S. 2913, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works.

pdf lca-senate-dark-archive-s-2913-01may08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Patrick J. Leahy and Orrin Hatch re: Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, S. 2913 (Jun. 17, 2008)

Library Copyright Alliance letter to Patrick Leahy and Orrin Hatch expressing appreciation for continued leadership on S. 2913, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works.

pdf lca-senate-orphan-works-s-2913-17june08.pdf

 
 

Orphan Works Legislation

The orphan works legislation is intended to enable someone, after conducting a "qualifying search" for the owner, to use an orphan work--a copyrighted work whose owner cannot be located.

pdf owlegislation.pdf

 
 

Letter to Howard L. Berman and Howard Coble re: H.R. 5889 (May 5, 2008)

Letter from the Library Copyright Alliance expressing appreciation for the introduction of H.R. 5889, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works.

pdf lt-berman-coble-hr5889-05may08.pdf

 
 

Letter to Howard L. Berman and Howard Coble re: Orphan Works Hearing (Mar. 12, 2008)

Library Copyright Alliance letter expressing gratitude to the Subcommittee for holding a hearing on orphan works—the LCA's top legislative priority.

pdf lca-orphanworkshearing-12march2008.pdf

 
 

Letter to Howard L. Berman and Howard Coble re: Section 104 of HR 4279 (Dec. 12, 2007)

Letter from the Library Copyright Alliance expressing concerns with Section 104 of HR 4279 and its impact on orphan works.

pdf ltr-lca-120dec7.pdf

 
   

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.

pdf orphanworkslcasupports.pdf

 
   
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