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Infographic Shows How Libraries Are Champions for Academic Freedom and Balanced Copyright

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Today, October 10, 2014, ARL released a new infographic that tells the story of how libraries are champions for academic freedom and balanced copyright policies. The infographic explains the threat of unbalanced copyright to academic freedoms, including the freedom to research, to teach and learn, and to publish.

The infographic is freely available as a full-size PDF, an embeddable PNG for blogs and websites, and three print-ready PDFs (8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, and 11” x 17”) to print and hand out at events. Share the links, embed the image on your site, print copies for your next event, and continue to support and work with your campus partners on these issues.

ARL is grateful to Jonathan Band, Brandon Butler, William Cross, Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Peter Hirtle, Peter Jaszi, and Lisa Macklin for their valuable assistance with the framing of this infographic. ARL thanks Kien Tseng and his colleagues at Yippa for their fantastic graphic design work.


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/.