December 1, 2021

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 […]

Legal Research: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Appellate Briefs Now Online

From an EEOC Announcement: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced [on Wednesday] that it has put its appellate and amicus briefs going back to 2000 on its external website. These briefs from the EEOC’s Appellate Services Division represent litigation in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals in which the Commission was a party, […]

The Internet Archive Files Federal Suit Challenging a New Washington State Law

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Internet Archive has filed a federal challenge to a new Washington State law that intends to make online service providers criminally liable for providing access to third parties’ offensive materials. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the Internet Archive in order to block the enforcement of SB 6251, […]

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter” From The Salt Lake Tribune: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely […]

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 […]

Roundup: Google Books (GBS): Authors Win Class Status Over Google Digital Books

From Professor James Grimmelmann (via The Laboratorium): Today, Judge Chin handed the Authors Guild a big procedural win. He issued an opinion that allowed the Guild to represent its members in the lawsuit, and then went on to certify a class consisting not just of the members but of all authors whose books Google scanned. […]

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)

Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter

Update (June 1, 2012): Utah Librarians Fear Decision About Lesbian Mom Book Sets Bad Precedent (via SLT) From The Salt Lake Tribune: A picture book about a lesbian couple raising a child was removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County after a group of parents raised objections about the suitability of […]

Supreme Court of U.S. Will Launch More Mobile-Friendly Web Site of June 1st

From The Washington Post: On June 1, the court announced, the site will be more friendly to those using mobile devices. The Web site “will now detect the mobile device being used and will automatically adjust the display based on the screen size and orientation,” the court announced. Here’s the Full Text of the Message […]

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 […]