April 15, 2014

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 […]

U.S. Copyright Office Posts Requests for Information About Crowdsourcing and Developing a “Virtual Card Catalog” of Historical Records

The U.S. Copyright Office (part of The Library of Congress) has posted TWO Requests For Information (RFI) . The first is RFI is to learn about utilizing crowdsourcing to capture data from historical catalog cards dating from 1870 to 1977. The second RFI is to learn about purchasing or developing software for a  “virtual card catalog” […]

Copyright: New Organization: Linked Content Coalition Launches in Europe

From the News Release: Executives from news media, publishing, TV, film, music, IT and internet media businesses (see list here) have got together with existing standards and licensing organisations to work in coalition on a cross-media global project that will result in better and easier management of copyright in the online world. [Clip] Its remit […]

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and College Art Association Endorse ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

1. College Art Association (CAA) Endorses ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (from CAA News via ARL) In accordance with CAA’s practice to regularly update its Standards and Guidelines in the fields of art and art history, the Board of Directors adopted two documents at its meeting on February 26, 2012, that address […]