Library Copyright Alliance issues statements, offers guidance

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:

Statement for Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term
On July 15, 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. The statement explained that the current copyright term in the United States is already unacceptably long, resulting in significant harm to the public domain and limiting access to these works.

Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. Appeal
On July 8, 2014, LCA submitted an amiucs brief in support of Google, Inc. The LCA brief explained that Google Book Search has become an essential research tool that serves the public interest, snippets do not substitute for full text, and Seciton 108 does not weigh against a fair use deterination.

What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?
On July 7, 2014, LCA legal counsel Jonathan Band released a think piece explaining implications of the HathiTrust decision for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case.

Updated Google Books Family Tree
On June 17, 2014, LCA released an updated version of the popular Google Books family tree after Second Circuit ruled HathiTrust is fair use.