November 30, 2021

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule Re: Registration of Automated Databases Predominantly Consisting of Photographs

From the Summary (via Federal Register): The Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing the deposit requirements for applications for automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs. The amendments require that, in addition to providing material related to claimed compilation authorship, the deposits for such databases include the image of each photograph in which copyright […]

Parties File For Summary Judgement in Authors Guild/HathiTrust Lawsuit (Documents and Analysis)

As is always the case with Laboratorium posts, Professor James Grimmelmann (New York Law School) does an outstanding job providing links to all primary documents along with his expert analysis. From his Latest Blog Post: On Friday, the parties filed their motions for summary judgment in the HathiTrust case, along with thousands of pages of […]

ARL, ALA, and ACRL File Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in in Support of Lending Rights

UPDATE: Meredith Schwartz at LJ has posted a report about the filing that includes a comment from one of the author’s, Jonathan Band. From an Association for Research Libraries (ARL) News Release: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), who all […]

New Research Paper: “How Fair Use Can Help Solve the Orphan Works Problem”

Title How Fair Use Can Help Solve the Orphan Works Problem (Draft Version) Author Jennifer M. Urban University of California, Berkeley – School of Law Source Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Vol. 27, 2012 UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper Abstract Many works that libraries, archives, and historical societies, among others, would like to digitize and […]

Event Report: “Making Copyright Work for Libraries and Consumers'”

From an IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Summary of the Event: On Wednesday 30th May IFLA, along with the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), Electronic Information For Libraries (eIFL), Informations Sans Frontières (ISF), Copyright for Creativity (C4C), the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC), and Consumers International (CI) organised a one-day event […]

Archived Video: What Does the Georgia State Decision Mean for Libraries? An ARL Briefing with J. Band and B. Butler

From the Association of Research Libraries: In this webcast presented on May 24, 2012, Jonathan Band and Brandon Butler discuss the implications of the recent decision in the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case. See Also: New ARL Issue Brief Recaps Georgia St. University Copyright Decision, Looks at Implications (May 15, 2012)

More Analysis: “Students’ Access to Excerpts Was Fair Use When Digital Excerpt Licensing Unavailable”

Here’s another article offering analysis of the the Georgia St. decision made available (free) by BNA. The articles appears in Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal. Case Summary: A federal district court finds that a university’s offering of digital excerpts from copyrighted works to students largely constituted fair use. Key Takeaway: Offering students limited access to […]

Canada: UBC Opts Out of Access Copyright Agreement

From The Ubssey (School Paper at UBC): UBC [U. of British Columbia] has announced that it won’t be returning to Access Copyright. The Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities (ACCU), of which UBC is a member, agreed to draft a deal with Access Copyright, a publishing organization that centrally controls rights for academic materials such […]

Full Text of Court Opinion in Georgia State University Copyright Case

UPDATE (May 13, 2012): Analysis and Commentary about the Court Ruling by: Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School My bottom line on the case is that it’s mostly a win for Georgia State and mostly a loss for the publishers. The big winner is CCC. It gains leverage against universities for coursepack and e-reserve […]

Israel’s National Library Director Pledges to Place Disputed Kafka Manuscripts on Internet

via Haaretz: The National Library in Jerusalem has prepared a program for handling Franz Kafka’s manuscripts and promises to make them and other rare collections available on the Internet. However, the court has yet to rule on the fate of the Czech writer’s manuscripts. The manuscripts, part of the literary estate of Kafka’s close friend […]