The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In 2014, LCA has worked for the library community in responding to proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment through the following actions:
Statement for the Hearing on Section 512 of Digital Millennium Copyright Act
On March 12, 2014, the LCA submitted a statement to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet for a hearing on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The statement explains the importance to libraries of the safe harbors provided by Section 512.
European Union Consultation on Copyright Review
On March 3, 2014, the LCA submitted a response the European Union’s Public Consultation on the Review of EU Copyright Rules.
Statement for the Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use
On January 28, 2014, the LCA submitted a statement to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on the scope of fair use. In the statement, LCA describes how all types of libraries rely on fair use in order to serve their users and meet mission, how the federal government relies on fair use in the patent-examination process, and how rights holders rely on fair use in the development of new works.
Department of Commerce Green Paper Reply Comments
On January 8, 2014, the LCA submitted additional comments on the US Department of Commerce “green paper,” Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, following a public meeting held by the Commerce Department in December. The post-meeting comments focus on four issues: the recent fair use court decision in the case Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens, digital preservation, remixes, and collective rights organizations. These supplement the initial comments the LCA submitted November 13, 2013, on issues relating to statutory damages, online licensing, collective rights organizations, and contractual restrictions on copyright exceptions.
Comments for House Hearing on a Making Available Right
On January 8, 2014, the LCA submitted comments to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on a “making available” right. In the comments, LCA explains its concerns about the impact of the adoption of a making available right on the statute of limitations in copyright cases.