November 29, 2015

New Report: Remuneration Paid to Authors and Performers in Music & AV Sectors in 10 EU Countries

Here’s a new report from the European Commission that was published online today. From the EC: A new EU study looks at the level of remuneration paid to authors and performers in the music and audio-visual sectors in ten EU countries (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark and Lithuania). The […]

Survey Results: Copyright Infringement in the UK (Copyright Infringement Tracker Survey, 5th Wave)

Note: This is the fifth report from the UK Intellectual Property Office survey tracking copyright infringement in the UK. Results from the first four surveys are linked below. From the UK Intellectual Property Office: A new survey, published today [July 22, 2015- by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), highlights the latest UK trends in online […]

IFLA “Concerned” By Extension of Copyright Terms in Canada and Jamaica

From the International Federation of Library Associations: In recent weeks, IFLA members have become concerned as they observed copyright changes in Jamaica and Canada that extend the term of copyright protection. A rich public domain and fair access to copyright protected material enhances creativity and the production of new works. Longer copyright terms withhold material […]

HathiTrust: An Author Never Forgets

The Michigan Daily (student newspaper at the U. of Michigan) has published a 2100 word story that looks at many of the copyright issues surrounding the HT Digital Library. The story includes comments from: Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan James Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University of Michigan Paul Aiken, Executive Director, Authors Guild […]

Copyright: European Commission Urges Industry to Deliver Innovative Solutions For Greater Access to Online Content

From the European Commission: The European Commission has today adopted a Communication which sets out parallel tracks of action to be undertaken during this Commission’s term of office to ensure that the EU’s copyright framework stays fit for purpose in the digital environment. [Clip] Facilitating the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU; […]

Judge’s Ruling a Win for Fair Use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Case

The Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., yesterday held that the HathiTrust’s mass digitization is fair use, in spite of the challenges raised in a lawsuit by the Author’s Guild and others, both associations and individual authors. Crucial to his reading of the case is Baer’s rejection of the plaintiff’s theory that section 108 of the copyright law prevents libraries claiming fair use as a defense.

Baer said in his opinion, “I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants’ MDP, and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the ADA.”

Report and Documents: WIPO Copyright Committee Meeting Opens in Geneva

The 24th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) opened today in Geneva. IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) has posted a brief introduction about the meetings and the first day of discussions. During the next ten day, the 185 WIPO Member States will discuss copyright […]

Event Report: “Making Copyright Work for Libraries and Consumers'”

From an IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Summary of the Event: On Wednesday 30th May IFLA, along with the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), Electronic Information For Libraries (eIFL), Informations Sans Frontières (ISF), Copyright for Creativity (C4C), the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC), and Consumers International (CI) organised a one-day event […]

Canada: UBC Opts Out of Access Copyright Agreement

From The Ubssey (School Paper at UBC): UBC [U. of British Columbia] has announced that it won’t be returning to Access Copyright. The Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities (ACCU), of which UBC is a member, agreed to draft a deal with Access Copyright, a publishing organization that centrally controls rights for academic materials such […]

LA Times Op-Ed by Pamela Samuelson: “A Universal Digital Library is Within Reach”

Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the Berkeley Law School & the UC Berkeley School of Information. Samuelson is also the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. From the LA Times Op-Ed: Ideally, a digital library would provide access not only to books free from copyright constraints (those published before 1923), but […]