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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 Subcommittee on Communications and Technology re: Congressional Review Act and Net Neutrality (Feb. 16, 2011)

Letter from the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE asking representatives to oppose using the Congressional Review Act or any other legislation to overturn or undermine the recent "net neutrality" decision adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

pdf lt-netneutrality-16feb11.pdf

 
   

Letter to Justin Hughes re: WIPO Revised Provisions for the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions (July 21, 2010)

Comments on the WIPO Revised Provisions for the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/16/4).

pdf ltr-lca_wipo_tce_21jul10.pdf

 
     

Concerns with the Leaked Internet Chapter of ACTA

Analysis of the U.S. proposal for an Internet chapter in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was leaked to the press and widely disseminated on the Internet.

pdf acta-leak-24mar10.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices

Comments of the Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NYSERNet, and ACUTA in support of rulemaking to preserve the openness of the Internet.

pdf comments-open-internet-broadband14jan10.pdf

 
 

Library Associations Statement On The USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009

On October 20, 2009, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representatives Jerrold R. Nadler (D-NY) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R.3845). The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) believe that this bill contains necessary and important reforms to the powers created by the USA PATRIOT Act.

pdf us-patriot-statement-2009.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Mandatory Deposit of Published Electronic Works Available Only Online

Reply comments from ARL and ALA regarding certain concerns raised in initial comments from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).

pdf mandatory-deposit-reply-16oct09.pdf

 
 
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