January 26, 2022

Authors Guild Appeals HathiTrust Decision, Library Copyright Alliance Issues Statement

On November 8, the Authors Guild appealed the verdict in its case against the HathiTrust to the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit. The Guild had filed suit against the Trust in 2011, alleging that the Trust’s digitization efforts constituted copyright infringement. However, on October 10, Judge Baer of the United States District Court Southern […]

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 Report: Legal Issues for Libraries: "A New Day For Web Archiving" by Jonathan Band

This new report is accessible on the ARL server and was prepared for the Library Copyright Alliance by lawyer/IP expert Jonathan Band. The Library Copyright Alliance is made up of of the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. The 28 page Review Begins: In October […]

New from Library Copyright Alliance: "Golan v. Holder: A Farewell to Constitutional Challenges to Copyright Laws"

A summary of the recent Golan v. Holder decision by the Supreme Court of the United States was written for the LCA by attorney/intellectual property expert, Jonathan Band. The Summary Begins: On January 13, 2012, the Supreme Court by a 6-2 vote affirmed the Tenth Circuit decision in Golan v. Holder. (Justice Kagan recused herself, presumably […]

Library Copyright Alliance Sends Letter of Support to Six Member of the Hosue of Representatives Re: SOPA

The letter was written by ARL’s Brandon Butler (on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance), has sent a letter to six member of the U.S. House of Representatives (and House Judiciary Committee) thanking them for their, “vigorous advocacy of First Amendment rights and the value of an open and secure Internet during last week’s markup […]

Libraries: Let Profs and Film Students Continue to Rip DVDs

From an ARL Policy Notes Post by Brandon Butler: In a rich submission to the Copyright Office [PDF] on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance, Jonathan Band asks the Office to renew its rule allowing college professors and film and media students to decrypt DVDs for educational uses. The submission is part of the administration […]

Library Copyright Alliance Comments on Authors Guild/HathiTrust Lawsuit

Here’s the Full Text: We are deeply disappointed by the Authors Guild’s decision to file a lawsuit, Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al., against HathiTrust and its research library partners. The case has no merit, and completely disregards the rights of libraries and their users under the law, especially fair use. The […]

Just Released by the Library Copyright Alliance: Google Book Settlement: "A Guide for the Perplexed Part IV"

The Library Copyright Alliance has just released, “A Guide for the Perplexed Part IV” that provides a look at Judge Chin’s decision last week regarding the Google Book Settlement (GBS). Direct to the “A Guide for the Perplexed Part IV” (18 pages; PDF) From an ALA District Dispatch Post: This guide is the latest in […]