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LCA Endorses Comments by Higher Education Leadership on Sovereign Immunity

The Copyright Office solicited reply comments and empirical research studies, due October 22, for its public study to determine the extent to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by states without adequate remedies under state law. In its initial request for comments on this issue, rights holders completely and utterly failed to meet the standard of harm required by the Supreme Court in...

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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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