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Copyright Review

  • Statement for the Hearing on Copyright Remedies
    On July 23, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement to the HS House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on copyright remedies. In the statement, LCA says the existing limitation on statutory damages against libraries and archives is inadequate and calls for the safe harbor to be updated to reflect the digital area. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Statement for the Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term
    On July 14, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on moral rights, termination rights, resale royalty, and copyright term. In the statement, LCA opposes extending the current copyright term and expresses concerns regarding the present copyright term and its effects on the public domain. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Greg Cram Testimony for the Hearing on First Sale Under Title 17
    On June 2, 2014, Greg Cram, associate director of copyright and information policy at the New York Public Library, served as the voice of libraries when he testified at the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet's hearing on first sale under Title 17. Read Testimony (PDF)

  • Comments for the Study on the Right of Making Available
    On April 4, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to the US Copyright Office for the study on the right of making available. 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. Read Statement (PDF)

  • James G. Neal Testimony and Supplement for the Hearing on Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works
    On April 2, 2014, James G. Neal, university librarian and vice president for information services at Columbia University in the City of New York, served as the voice of libraries when he testified at the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet's hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted works. Read Testimony (PDF) Read Supplement (PDF)

  • Statement for the Hearing on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    On March 12, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement on the importance to libraries of the safe harbors provided by Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Statement for the Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use
    On January 28, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (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. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Department of Commerce Green Paper Reply Comments
    On January 8, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (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. Read Comments (PDF)

  • Comments for House Hearing on a Making Available Right
    On January 8, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (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. Read Comments (PDF)

  • Comments on Department of Commerce Green Paper
    On November 13, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) provided comments on a number of issues raised in the US Department of Commerce "green paper" on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. LCA commented on issues relating to statutory damages, online licensing, collective rights organizations, and contractual restrictions on copyright exceptions. Read Comments (PDF)

  • Statement to House Committee Regarding Copyright and Innovation
    On July 24, 2013, Jonathan Band, on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), submitted a statement on the role of copyright in innovation to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on innovation and copyright. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Statement to House Committee Regarding Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act
    On June 6, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted testimony to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (H.R. 1123). Read Statement (PDF)

  • LCA Applauds Introduction of Unlocking Technology Act
    On May 13, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) issued a statement applauding the introduction in the US House of Representatives of H.R. 1892, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013. The bill guarantees that legitimate uses of digital works and technologies will not run afoul of copyright law, even if they require breaking digital locks. Prompted by the recent uproar over cell phone unlocking, the bill recognizes that issue as a symptom of a much larger problem and would fix that problem permanently. Read Statement (PDF)

  • Berkeley Clinic Prepares Fair Use White Paper for LCA
    On February 15, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) released a white paper on “How Flexibility Supports the Goals of Copyright Law: Fair Use and the US Library Experience.” The paper was prepared for LCA by the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Read Paper (PDF)