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Library Copyright Alliance Files Briefs, Submits Comments

Library Copyright Alliance Logo 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 recent weeks, LCA has worked for the library community in the following ways:

Support for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation
Together with other members of LCA, on February 22, 2017, ACRL signed on to a statement issued by the National Federation of the Blind supporting the immediate ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, as well as the immediate passage of a ‘Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act of 2017’ to make modest adjustments of United States copyright law.

Comments to Copyright Office on Section 512 Study
On February 17, 2017, LCA submitted additional comments in response to the request issued by the Copyright Office concerning its study of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and as a follow up to LCA’s initial comments (April 2016) and participation in a May 2016 roundtable in New York. In this set of comments, LCA urged the Copyright Office to evaluate Section 512 in balance with the rest of the DMCA, considering the larger context in which Congress created the safe harbor system and in which the system must be evaluated. LCA also pointed out that for two decades, the federal government has strongly supported broadband availability in libraries and educational institutions and a uniform repeat infringer policy could undermine the achievements of the federal government’s broadband policy.

Amicus Brief: Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.
On February 14, 2017, members of LCA filed an amicus brief in support of reversal, believing fair use enables the application of the first sale right with respect to the transmission of digital works in appropriate circumstances.

Amicus Brief: Cambridge University Press v. J. L. Albert
On February 13, 2017, members of LCA filed an amicus brief in support of affirmance which makes three primary points. First, that the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves policy embodies widespread and well-established best practices for fair use and the Court should resist the publishers’ invitation to upend the consensus which the GSU policy reflects. Second, that the nature of these scholarly works favors fair use in every instance at issue. Third, that the District Court properly considered whether GSU’s use would cause substantial harm finding any adverse impact to be minimal in most cases while the public benefit of allowing the use at issue here is substantial.

Input on Register of Copyrights
In response to a public call, LCA provided input on January 31, 2017, about the the knowledge, skills, and abilities we believe are the most important for the Register of Copyrights and about top priorities for the Register.

Comments on White Paper on Reform of the Copyright Office
In response to a white paper entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office” issued by the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, LCA provided comments on January 31, 2017. While LCA strongly agrees with the objective of modernizing the Copyright Office so that it can meet the challenges of the 21st Century, we disagree that statutory reform of the Copyright Office is necessary to accomplish these objectives.

Open Scholarship Early and Often: Join the Conversation at ACRL 2017—Register by February 22

Don’t miss this opportunity to help drive a lively discussion with your colleagues in academic libraries about how open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content.

Register before February 22, 2017, for this Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication event, “Open Scholarship Early and Often,” to be held March 22, 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 ACRL Conference. Registration for the conference is separate and not required to attend this event.

Facilitators
This informal, community conversation will be facilitated by:

  • Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Why Participate?
“Openness is more than an ideal. It is a practical and critical step in increasing scholarly efficiency, quality, and inclusivity,” said Jeffrey Spies. “Replicating and extending scholarship requires context. We have to move beyond open publications, data, code, etc., and start opening workflow.”

Ana Van Gulick said, “Learning about the researcher’s perspective on data sharing and publishing is key to supporting open scholarship on campus.”

Takeaways
As a result of participating in this conversation, you will:

  • Understand the value and potential of a thoughtful approach to workflow in order to provide more effective access and integrate with other scholarship
  • Understand the strategic importance of investing time and energy into local institutional policies and be better prepared to convey this value to others
  • Be aware of key elements needed to plan and coordinate resources for sustainable implementation of open infrastructure
  • Be better prepared to negotiate the political and cultural atmosphere around open scholarship
  • Be inspired to ensure there is a diversity of voices and the entire community is included in conversations about open scholarship, which supports a sustainable open infrastructure
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and coordinated effort
  • Develop recommendations for local use at your campus (on tools to use, conversations to have, how to build trust)

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
Fee: $100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.
Registration: Register online by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Registration for the ACRL 2017 Conference is separate from this event (and not required).

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni from numerous events forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information” (2/21)

Fair Use Fair Dealing Week LogoJoin us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information: A Guide for Rogue Librarians” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

Fair use plays a crucial role as copyright’s safety valve for free expression because it permits unauthorized copying in service of the public good. This role, which enables everything from scathing reviews of artwork to wholesale digitization of books for accessibility, is taking on new currency as librarians scramble to preserve contested government information online. From deleted climate data, disappearing government web pages, and ephemeral political tweets, fair use cuts through the legal confusion so we can maintain the historical and scientific record. This webinar will introduce fair use as an equitable doctrine designed to support librarianship and prepare participants to apply fair use in their own communities’ work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals of fair use as an equitable doctrine that permits use of copyrighted materials for the public good.
  • Understand the copyright issues surrounding government information and the effects of sharing materials posted on different platforms such as .gov sites and social media platforms like Twitter.
  • Apply fair use in their own practice preserving and sharing digital government documents in their own communities.

Presenters: William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries. He speaks and writes nationally on copyright, scholarly communication, and open culture. He is also a presenter for the ACRL workshop and a presenter for the ACRL workshop, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. Read more about Will in his ACRL member of the week profile.

Lillian Rigling is a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow, working in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department. She coordinates outreach, instruction, and engagement around issues of author’s rights, copyright, and open culture at NCSU for students and faculty. Previously, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office at the University of Toronto.

How to register:
Submit your free registration online by February 17, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of February 17.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.  More details about Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, February 20-24, 2017, are available online.

ACRL Comments to NIH on Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

On January 19, 2017, ACRL provided comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy in response to their request for information on data management and sharing strategies and priorities. The NIH sought public comments in order to consider how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, how to set standards for citing shared data and software.

As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access and open education, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery. In the information provided to NIH, ACRL shared its perspective on high priority data to be shared, the length of time these data should be made available for secondary research purposes, and important features of technical guidance for data and software citation. The ACRL comments concluded, ” scholarly data repositories, which are often within the remit of the University Library, deal with issues of data and software citation on a regular basis. We encourage NIH to reach out to members of this community who have developed practical expertise in these areas, and to consider librarians as active partners in their efforts to implement effective data and software citation. ACRL is happy to work with NIH as a bridge to the academic and research library community, helping to build effective collaborations and partnerships between communities.”

Read more in ACRL’s full comments to NIH.

Open Scholarship Early and Often: Register to Join Community Conversation on March 22 at ACRL 2017

Register before February 22, 2017, for the latest Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication event, “Open Scholarship Early and Often,” to be held March 22, 2017, in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference. Registration for the conference is separate and not required to attend this event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help drive a lively discussion with your colleagues about ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content.

Facilitators

  • Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, University of Guelph
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources–British Columbia (CAPER-BC) at Langara College
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Format
A little more structured than an unconference but a little less formal than a workshop, participants will engage in dialogues around a series of pre-defined topics and our expert facilitators will ensure that the conversation remains on track and productive.

Takeaways
As a result of participating in this conversation, attendees will:

  • Understand the value and potential of a thoughtful approach to workflow in order to provide more effective access and integrate with other scholarship
  • Understand the strategic importance of investing time and energy into local institutional policies and be better prepared to convey this value to others
  • Be aware of key elements needed to plan and coordinate resources for sustainable implementation of open infrastructure
  • Be better prepared to negotiate the political and cultural atmosphere around open scholarship
  • Be inspired to ensure there is a diversity of voices and the entire community is included in conversations about open scholarship, which supports a sustainable open infrastructure
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and coordinated effort
  • Develop recommendations for local use at home campuses (on tools to use, conversations to have, how to build trust)

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
Fee: $100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Registration for the ACRL 2017 Conference is separate from this event (and not required).

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni from numerous events forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

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