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ARL and Ithaka S+R Explore Copyright and Streaming Audiovisual Content in US Academic Libraries

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Today the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Ithaka S+R released Copyright and Streaming Audiovisual Content in the US Context, by Danielle Cooper and Katherine Klosek.

The paper summarizes the experiences of 12 academic libraries in accessing streaming media for teaching, learning, and research purposes, including discussion of the barriers to access and use imposed by certain license terms. The 12 libraries are participants in a larger research project in which Ithaka S+R is exploring how to make streaming media sustainable for academic libraries.

Copyright and Streaming Audiovisual Content in the US Context is part of KnowYourCopyrights.org, an ARL project supporting library leaders in asserting library rights to support access to and creation of knowledge, and not ceding rights due to restrictive license terms, shifts in technology and business models, or outdated practices rooted in risk aversion. The paper includes an overview of the legal landscape, including rights and exceptions in the US Copyright Act; exemptions for educational uses issued through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) rulemaking process; and considerations for licensing copyrighted content.

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of research libraries in Canada and the US whose vision is to create a trusted, equitable, and inclusive research and learning ecosystem and prepare library leaders to advance this work in strategic partnership with member libraries and other organizations worldwide. ARL’s mission is to empower and advocate for research libraries and archives to shape, influence, and implement institutional, national, and international policy. ARL develops the next generation of leaders and enables strategic cooperation among partner institutions to benefit scholarship and society. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R provides research and strategic guidance to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, demographic, and technological change. Ithaka S+R is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit with a mission to improve access to knowledge and education for people around the world. We believe education is key to the wellbeing of individuals and society, and we work to make it more effective and affordable.

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