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Shira Perlmutter Appointed US Register of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today, September 21, 2020, that she has named Shira Perlmutter register of copyrights and director of the US Copyright Office, effective in late October. The Library Copyright Alliance congratulates Perlmutter on her appointment and looks forward to working with her. Perlmutter is currently the chief policy officer and director for international affairs at the...

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Statement of David Hansen Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

On June 2, 2020, David Hansen, associate university librarian and lead copyright & information policy officer at Duke University, testified on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries at a Senate subcommittee hearing on the DMCA notice-and-takedown system. Hansen testified that most universities and research libraries straddle both...

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LCA Sends Letter Urging Vote Against the CASE Act of 2019

On October 21, 2019, the Library Copyright Alliance sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy urging them to vote against the Copyright Alternatives in Small Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act of 2019, which will likely lead to a significant increase in the amount of litigation brought against libraries. The CASE...

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LCA Joins Amicus Brief: State of Georgia, et al. v. Public.Resource.org, Inc.

On October 16, 2019, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed an amicus brief in support of Public Resource. LCA members argued for preservation of the comprehensive government edicts doctrine, which provides an essential safe harbor from potential copyright liability for libraries as they fulfill their role of preserving and providing access to the cultural record. View Document

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