The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations — the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries—that cooperate in the alliance to address copyright issues that affect libraries and their users. These three associations collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the United States and Canada.
The purpose of the LCA is to work toward a unified voice and common strategy for the library community in responding to and developing proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment. The LCA’s mission is to foster global access to and fair use of information for creativity, research, and education.
In addition, the LCA attends annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meetings to help shape the international discussion on intellectual property issues. WIPO is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.