Libraries and Copyright: 42 Copyright Lawyers, Scholars, and Expert Librarians Send Letter to Congress
The letter (linked below) was sent on Tuesday to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committee’s on the Judiciary.
Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy University of Virginia Library, introduces the letter in this blog post:
Today I sent a letter on behalf of 42 copyright lawyers, scholars, and expert librarians to leaders in Congress. In it, we explain the rich relationship between libraries and copyright, and urge Congress to keep the Office where it has lived for more than a century: inside the Library of Congress.
Our letter was originally prompted by another letter, sent by two former Registers of Copyright (Ralph Oman, who led the U.S. Copyright Office from 1985 to 1993, and Marybeth Peters, who held the position until 2010). In their letter, the former registers sounded the alarm about a looming threat to copyright policy: libraries. And especially the Library of Congress, the most library-est of libraries!
Read the Complete Blog Post
Direct to Letter (8 pages; PDF)
See Also: Where Should The Copyright Office Live? A Response From Duke Libraries
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.