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ARL’s Research Library Issues 285 Highlights Copyright Developments

 RLI 285ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 285, a special issue focusing on recent developments in US copyright law as well as international copyright agreements. Many of these developments have significant implications for research libraries and higher education.

In the first article in this issue of RLI, Brandon Butler, practitioner-in-residence at the American University Washington College of Law, reviews six recent US court decisions about fair use that impact the work of research libraries. Next, Jonathan Band, legal counsel to the Library Copyright Alliance, explores the implications of the decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust for research libraries. Finally, Krista Cox, director of public policy initiatives for ARL, reviews international activity relating to copyright and what these activities mean for research libraries.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

Research Library Issues no. 285 (2015) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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