January 21, 2022

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 (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.