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Library Copyright Alliance Submits Comments on Copyright Reform to Commerce Department

green crop circles including copyright symbol
remix of image by Patrick Hoesly

On January 8, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance submitted additional comments (PDF) on the US Department of Commerce “green paper,” Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (PDF), following a public meeting held by the Commerce Department in December. The post-meeting comments focus on four issues: the recent fair use court decision in the case Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens, digital preservation, remixes, and collective rights organizations.

The Department of Commerce issued the green paper and conducted the public meeting in conjunction with the House Committee on the Judiciary’s copyright reform effort. For additional background on the paper and the meeting, see “Library Copyright Alliance Participates in Public Meeting on USPTO Copyright Green Paper,” by Brandon Butler.

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. These three associations collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the United States and Canada. Find us on the web at http://librarycopyrightalliance.org/.

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