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  • LCA Submits Additional Comments to US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
    On May 16, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted additional comments to the US Copyright Office in response to issues raised during the March 2014 public meeting regarding orphan works and mass digitization. Read Statement

  • LCA Submits Reply Comments to US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works NOI
    On March 5, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted reply comments to the US Copyright Office in response to their Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works and mass digitization. Read Statement

  • LCA Submits Comments to US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works NOI
    On January 14, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to the US Copyright Office in response to their Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works and mass digitization. In addition to their 2013 comments, LCA attached their three-page statement on copyright reform published in 2011. Read Statement

  • LCA Releases Statement on Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. HathiTrust et al.
    On September 14, 2011, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) released the following statement concerning the lawsuit, Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. HathiTrust et al., against HathiTrust and its research library partners. Read statement

  • LCA Issues Statement on Copyright Reform
    On May 16, 2011, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) released a statement describing the key features copyright reform proposals should include in order to constitute significant improvement over current law for libraries and their users. Interested parties are discussing with renewed vigor the issues of orphan works, mass digitization, and even modernization of Section 108 of the US Copyright Act in the wake of the Google Books settlement rejection by Judge Denny Chin of the Southern District of New York. The LCA statement, which represents the needs of library stakeholders in these debates, provides helpful guideposts for these discussions. Read Statement

  • LCA Submits Letters to Representatives Urging Support for S. 2913
    On September 28, 2008, LCA wrote to representatives urging their support for S. 2913: Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008. Read letter [PDF]

  • LCA Proposes Amendments to Orphan Works Legislation
    On June 17, 2008, LCA wrote a letter to Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D, Vermont), Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary and Senator Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) expressing appreciation for their continued leadership on S. 2913: Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. The letter proposed amendments to orphan works legislation. Read letter [PDF]

  • LCA Submits Letter in Support of H.R. 5889
    On May 5, 2008, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered a letter to the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property expressing appreciation for the introduction of H.R. 5889, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. Read letter [PDF]

  • LCA Submits Letter in Support of S. 2913
    On May 1, 2008, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered a letter to Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D, Vermont), Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary and Senator Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) expressing appreciation for the introduction of S. 2913, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. Read letter [PDF]

  • LCA Expresses Gratitude for the Support of Orphan Works
    On March 12, 2008, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered letters to U.S. Representatives Howard L. Berman (D, California), Howard Coble (R, North Carolina), and the members of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property expressing gratitude to the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight for holding a hearing on orphan works. The letter also expressed gratitude that the Subcommittee has begun its process for considering this issue in this Congress as well as the hope that the protections the legislation is intended to provide users of orphan works are not diluted. Read letter [PDF]

  • LCA Supports Orphan Works Act of 2006
    On September 7, 2006, the Library Copyright Alliance, wrote in support of the Orphan Works Act. The Act will help resolve issues surrounding orphan works, works whose owners are difficult or impossible to locate. Resolving the orphan works issue will present significant new educational opportunities because these works will be publicly accessible and available to students, faculty and the public. Read Letter [PDF]

  • LCA Comments on Orphan Works
    On May 9, 2005, The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) provided additional comments to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works. Read Comments [PDF]

  • LCA Survey Results on Orphan Works
    On March 25, 2005, The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) responded to the Copyright Office’s timely Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works. In response to the Notice of Inquiry, the associations in LCA contacted their members to gather information concerning their experience with the orphan work problem. These responses indicate that the problem exists at large research libraries affiliated with universities as well as local public libraries. Orphan works include published and unpublished works; literary works, photographs, illustrations, television commercials and musical scores; domestic and foreign works. Read Comments [PDF]