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Appeals court decision undermines free speech, misinterprets copyright law

April 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · Advocacy

From the ALA Washington Office: Last week, ALA (together with ACRL and ARL) joined an amicus brief calling for reconsideration of a 9th circuit court decision in Garcia v. Google, case where actress Cindy Sue Garcia sued Google for not removing a YouTube video in which she appears. Garcia appears for five seconds in “Innocence […]

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Fair Use Promoted at House of Representatives Copyright Hearing

April 9th, 2014 · Comments Off · Advocacy

On Wednesday, April 2, James G. Neal, Columbia University librarian and vice president for Information Services, served as the voice of libraries to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet when it held a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted […]

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ACRL Continues Opposition to Section 303 of FIRST Act, Restricting Public Acces

March 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Advocacy, Scholarly Communication

ACRL joined 15 other national and regional library, publishing, funding and advocacy organizations in a letter to the House Science Committee expressing strong opposition over the language contained in Section 303 of the ‘Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014’ (FIRST Act). The language in Section 303 of the FIRST Act calls […]

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Library Copyright Alliance issues statements domestically and internationally

March 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Advocacy

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 […]

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Federal Spending Legislation Supports Open Access to Research

January 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Advocacy, Scholarly Communication

From the ALA Washington Office: Last week, President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill funding the federal government through September 30, 2014. It has made important progress in allowing tax-payer funded research to be freely accessible in a digital environment. The federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and […]

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Oppose Delay to Public Access of Federally Funded Research

November 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · Advocacy, Scholarly Communication

Currently circulating in U.S. Congress is the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) Act. One provision of the bill – Section 302 – would undercut federal agencies’ ability to effectively implement the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally […]

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Library Copyright Alliance Submits Statement to House Committee Regarding Copyright and Innovation

July 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Advocacy

On July 24, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement on the role of copyright in innovation (PDF) to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. The committee has been conducting a series of hearings on copyright issues as a way to educate members and prepare for reform. Today, the committee is […]

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Library Copyright Alliance hails WIPO for landmark victory for the blind

June 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Advocacy

The Library Copyright Alliance applauds the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for finalizing the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that will allow nations to share or make accessible copies for the print disabled in other countries, who more often than not, have little access to reading materials. WIPO issued draft text (PDF) of the […]

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Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor FASTR Act

June 10th, 2013 · Comments Off · Advocacy, Scholarly Communication

On February 14, 2013, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Wyden (D-OR) and in the House by Representatives Doyle (D-PA) and Yoder (R-KS). Previously known as the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), this is a bill that will accelerate scientific […]

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Library Copyright Alliance supports HathiTrust Digital Library in Amicus Brief

June 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Advocacy

On Monday, June 3, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) filed its amicus brief (PDF) in support of HathiTrust and its partners as they defend their district court victory on appeal in the Second Circuit. The HathiTrust Digital […]

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