April 23, 2014

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

From a LC News Release: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today [recently] announced his selection of Suzanne M. Barnett as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Barnett is a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Washington. She was first elected to the court in 1996. […]

New Online Copyright Violation Alert System Starts Taking Shape With Citizen Advocates On Board

From a TechPresident Article: Americans accessing the Internet through five of the top service providers may start receiving “copyright alerts” in the near future, as a new organization called the Center for Copyright Information develops a new operational framework designed to make individuals aware that their potentially illegal activities online are being monitored. The center […]

Canada: "Copyright Bill Hits the Home Stretch"

From The Toronto Star: “The Canadian Independent Music Association is seeking changes that would create new liability risks for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. It is also calling for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of […]

New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries Published and Available Online, Publication is Now Open Access

This is the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) that is open access. Congrats, kudos and thanks to LITA for making the switch to open access. ITAL is also now an e-only publication. Learn more in this blog post. Table of Contents Information Technology and Libraries Vol 31, No 1 (2012) President’s Message: […]

Video: MPAA President Christopher Dodd and Others Discuss Copyright Infringement on the College Campus

A panel discussion took place yesterday in Washington D.C. and was sponsored by the National Association of Attorney Generals and a video recording of the discussion is now available in the C-SPAN Video Library. It runs 57 minutes. This panel will discuss the importance of active efforts to combat copyright infringement at universities and the […]

JHU's Winston Tabb is the Winner of ALA's 2012 Patterson Copyright Award Winner

via ALA’s District Dispatch: Winston Tabb, Dean of Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Mr. Tabb was appointed to the National Board of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) by President Obama in […]

Europe: "Loosen Up Copyright Law, Says Dutch Government"

From a Radio Netherlands Report: The YouTube generation has gained an ally in the worldwide “copyright wars.” The Dutch government wants to change copyright law so new media users can continue to do “creative remixes” of protected content. The Hague will no longer wait for the European Commission to find a compromise. [Clip] [Bent] Hugenholtz, […]

BNA: "Copyright Office Report Urges Congress To Federalize Rights in Pre-1972 Recordings"

From BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily: Congress should enact legislation to bring rights surrounding sound recordings made before 1972 under the aegis of the federal copyright law, according to a lengthy report issued at year’s end by the Copyright Office. Federalization of pre-1972 sound recordings would “improve the certainty and consistency of copyright, […]

Resources For Public Domain Day 2012

Not only does January 1st mark the beginning of a new calendar year (Happy New Year!!!) but it’s also Public Domain Day. Here are a few resources to learn more and to also learn about some of the authors entering the public domain on Jan. 1, 2012. To take a look at some of the […]

EFF on How SOPA Affects Students, Educators, and Libraries

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deep Links Blog by Parker Higgins: Big media groups like the MPAA and the RIAA have historically targeted college campuses with “anti-piracy” measures, and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — the blacklist bill they’re trying to push through Congress — is no exception. The bill’s supporters insist that it […]