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Library Copyright Alliance

March 19th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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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.

Content and resources found on the site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works. Accordingly, the members of LCA communicate with lawmakers both here and abroad to express that these changes enhance, rather than harm, the ability of libraries and information professionals to serve the needs of the general public.

A Week of Copyright Principles

January 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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Copyright Week starts today with the principle of Transparency:

” Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic and transparent process. It should not be decided through back room deals or secret international agreements. ”

The overall schedule for the six days includes:

Day 1:  Transparency

Day 2: Building and Defending a Robust Public Domain

Day 3: Open Access

Day 4: You bought It, You Own It

Day 5:  Fair Use Rights

Day 6:  Getting Copyright Right

Copyright Week is sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, American Library Association, Wikimedia Foundation, Association of Research Libraries, Internet Archive, Center for Democracy & Technology, and others.

Related Blogs from others:

Smith, Kevin. (2014, January 13).  A week of copyright principles [blog].  Accessed January 13, 2014, from http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2014/01/13/a-week-of-copyright-principles/