November 11, 2019

Journal Article: Cracking the Copyright Dilemma in Software Preservation Protecting Digital Culture through Fair Use Consensus

The following article was published today by the Journal of Copyright Education and Librarianship.

Title

Cracking the Copyright Dilemma in Software Preservation Protecting Digital Culture through Fair Use Consensus

Authors

Brandon Butler
University of Virginia Library

Patricia Aufderheide
American University

Peter Jaszi
American University Washington College of Law

Krista Cox
Association of Research Libraries

Source

Journal of Copyright Education and Librarianship
Vol 3 No 3 (2019)
DOI: 10.17161/jcel.v3i3.10267

Abstract

Copyright problems may inhibit the crucially important work of preserving legacy software. Such software is worthy of study in its own right because it is critical to accessing digital culture and expression. Preservation work is essential for communicating across boundaries of the past and present in a digital era. Software preservationists in the United States have addressed their copyright problems by developing a code of best practices in employing fair use. Their work is an example of how collective action by users of law changes the norms and beliefs about law, which can in turn change the law itself insofar as the law takes account of community norms and practices. The work of creating the code involved facilitators who are communication, information sciences, and legal scholars and practitioners. Thus, the creation of the code is also an example of crossing the boundaries between technology and policy research.

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27 pages; PDF.

Gary Price 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.

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