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The Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Costco v. Omega on Libraries

On December 13, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Costco v. Omega in a manner that eliminated none of the uncertainty caused by the lower court's ruling in that case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had ruled that the copyright law's "first sale doctrine" did not apply to copies manufactured abroad. This ruling cast doubt on a library's ability to circulate books and other materials manufactured outside of the United States.

pdf lca-costco-31jan11.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices: Comments of the Open Internet Coalition

The Open Internet Coalition ("OIC") submits the following comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's October 22, 2009, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM" or "Notice"), FCC No. 09-93.

pdf oic-nn-comments_final.pdf

 
 

GSU Fair Use Order

This is a copyright infringement case brought against various officials of the University System of Georgia, including officials of Georgia State University. Plaintiffs are three publishing houses who claim that Defendants are responsible for infringement of their copyrighted works. They complain of Georgia State's practice of allowing professors and other instructors to utilize electronic systems to reproduce and distribute excerpts from copyrighted works for academic use by Georgia State students, without paying copyright fees to them. Plaintiffs seek injunctive and declaratory relief.

pdf gsu-fairuse-order-30sept10.pdf

 
 

Comments of the Association of Research Libraries Concerning “Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies across the Federal Government”

ARL supports enhanced access to federally funded research resources because such policies are integrally tied to and support the mission of higher education and scholarship. ARL believes that extending public access policies to federally funded research to other science and technology agencies will be a central component of President Obama's transparency and open Government initiative.

pdf ostp-public-access-comments-15jan2010.pdf

 
 

Summary of Antitrust Lawsuit: SkyRiver & Innovative Interfaces v. OCLC

On July 28, 2010, SkyRiver Technology Solutions joined with Innovative Interfaces to file suit in San Francisco federal court against OCLC Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) alleging numerous anticompetitive business practices and antitrust violations. SkyRiver, a bibliographic services company, and Innovative Interfaces, a library automation company, claim that OCLC is "unlawfully monopolizing the bibliographic data, cataloguing service and interlibrary lending markets and is attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems by anticompetitive and exclusionary agreements, policies and practices." (p. 1) The outcome of the lawsuit could have significant impact on the library software and technology services industry by opening up OCLC's services, such as WorldCat, to use by commercial competitors. ARL members have asked for a review of the current state of the suit.

pdf skyriver-oclc-antitrust29nov10.pdf

 
 

Letter to Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Simpson Regarding NEH Funding for FY2010

On behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA), we write to express strong support for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf lt-dicks-simpson-neh-11budget.pdf

 
 

Testimony to Senate on National Endowment of Humanities Funding for FY2010

On behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA), we write to express strong support for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf tstnehsenate2011final.pdf

 
 

Comments of The American Library Association, The Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE in the Matter of Framework for Broadband Internet Service

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE welcome the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) proposing a "third way" forward on the difficult question of regulatory authority over broadband Internet access service.

pdf third-way-comments_071510.pdf

 
 
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