Protecting Privacy & Intellectual Freedom in Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) (the "Libraries") seek language in the RESTORE Act and other FISA modernization proposals that ensures judicial review of law enforcement requests for library patron records or surveillance of library users through library networks.
Fix the Critical Infrastructure Information Subtitle in the Homeland Security Act of 2002
The undersigned organizations are concerned about the current language for Critical Infrastructure Information in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which contains ambiguous definitions that could unintentionally allow companies to keep broad categories of information secret and provisions that restrict the government's ability to use the information.
The Protect America Act and Libraries
The Protect America Act (PAA) has broad implications for libraries and library users. As Congress considers amending the Act prior to its sunset, the library community (the "LC") asks that its interest, and those of its users, be protected in the final bill language by requiring a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") to access the facilities of, or to obtain other information from, libraries in the United States.
Letter to Nancy Pelosi re: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (Oct. 4, 2007)
Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that she insist on public debate on any proposed legislation to alter the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
S. 2237: To amend chapter 5 of title 17, United States Code, to authorize civil copyright enforcement by the Attorney General, and for other purposes.
Text of the proposed legislation.
Library Preservation: Changes Incorporated in H.R. 2281, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (PL 105-304)
Addresses changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act due to passage of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006: Campus FAQ
Addresses questions such as, "What does the legislation entail?" and "Who does it affect?"
An Open Letter to the Higher Education Community re: Senate Bill 2695, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (FRPAA)
Letter from higher education leaders encouraging the community to support FRPAA.
The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (Cornyn-Lieberman): Frequently Asked Questions
Addresses questions such as, "What does this bill do?" and "Why is public access important?"
Supplemental Comments of the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and the Special Libraries Association on the Second Draft Consolidated Texts of the Free Trade Area of the America
Supplemental 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 supplement those previously submitted by AALL, ALA and other organizations, and address, in particular, the FTAA provisions on copyright within the section on intellectual property rights
Eldred v. Ashcroft: Amicus Brief in support of Eldred
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("DC Circuit") erroneously held that Congress' grant of twenty additional years of copyright protection as set forth in the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) 2 is constitutional.
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.
Letter to Lamar Smith re: in support of H.R. 5439, the "Orphan Works Act of 2006" (Sept. 7, 2006)
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."
American Council on Education, et al. v. Federal Communications Commission: Amicus brief in support of ACE
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services: Request for Stay
This Request for a Stay seeks both a stay of the Commission's First Report & Order pending the release by the Commission of the subsequent orders anticipated by that first Order, and a stay of the First Report & Order pending review of that Order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Letter urging Members of Congress to vote against the Conference Report on the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Nov. 18, 2005)
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).
In the Matter of Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services Comments of ALA, ARL, and ACRL
Comments from library associations in support of exempting libraries from the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA").
Letter Supporting Data-Mining Provision in USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (Sept. 23, 2005)
The undersigned organizations with diverse views write to urge that Senate Conferees accede to the House passed-version of the PATRIOT Act with respect to Section 132 of the House bill. It would require a government-wide survey of those federal programs that use "pattern-based" data-mining to identify a "pattern indicating terrorist or criminal activity." This provision would require the first full cataloging and assessment of government programs that employ this emerging technology. The provision would also require the Justice Department to identify legal impediments, if any, to the use of such technology.
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)
Library Copyright Alliance response to the Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works.
Letter to House Committee on the Judiciary re: USA Patriot Amendments Act, H.R. 3845 (Oct. 29, 2009)
“Reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act: Ensuring Liberty and Security”: A Summary of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
On September 23, 2009 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine three key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act) that are set to expire or sunset on December 31, 2009.
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services: Joint Comments of Industry and Public Interest
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.