August 29, 2014

Begins Today: A HathiTrust and DPLA Partnership

From the DPLA Blog: The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

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 […]

Authors Guild Appeals HathiTrust Decision, Library Copyright Alliance Issues Statement

On November 8, the Authors Guild appealed the verdict in its case against the HathiTrust to the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit. The Guild had filed suit against the Trust in 2011, alleging that the Trust’s digitization efforts constituted copyright infringement. However, on October 10, Judge Baer of the United States District Court Southern […]

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.”

Highlights From HathiTrust Activities Update (June 2012)

The latest HathiTrust Update (June 2012) is now online. Here are a few highlights. You can access the complete issue here. HathiTrust has updated its bibliographic metadata specifications and minimum bibliographic metadata requirements in preparation for moving to Zephir (under development by California Digital Library) as the bibliographic metadata management system for HathiTrust. The requirements […]

New: HathiTrust Research Center Semi-Annual Report (October 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012)

Direct to Complete Report From the Introduction: The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) had a productive 6 months as it works out core issues in Phase I of its development effort.  Milestone wise, we are looking forward to and planning for a public demonstration of functionality that is tentatively scheduled for June 2012 as is in […]

A New Web Page Loaded With HathiTrust Instructional Materials Now Available

Heather Christenson from the California Digital Library Blogs: The HathiTrust Communications Working Group has just announced a new HathiTrust Resources and Guides Web page.  Here you can find overviews, instructional materials, and guides covering HathiTrust and its services.   These resources have been created by the HathiTrust Communications Working Group and by HathiTrust partner libraries… Materials […]

Library Copyright Alliance Files Friend of the Court Brief in The Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Case

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The friend of the court brief was written by Jonathan Band. The Library Copyright Alliance is consists of ALA, ACRL, and ARL. The 28 page brief (PDF) is available here via ARL. We’ve also embedded a copy below. Friend of the Court Brief Filed by Library Copyright Alliance in Authors Guild v HathiTrust

New Advanced Options Added to HathiTrust’s Full Text Search

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Some Advanced Search options were added to HathiTrust Full Text Search in February. From the the MLibrary (University of Michigan) Blog for Library Technology. Advanced search allows users to combine a full-text search with searches within specific metadata fields such as Title, Author, or Subject. Example searches can be seen in the blog post. Today, […]

University of Delaware Library Joins HathiTrust

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From UDaily: The University of Delaware Library has become one of the newest members of the HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. [Clip] The HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted […]