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LCA Supports Opening an Investigation by the FTC on Consumer Deception

In August 2007 the Library Copyright Alliance wrote a letter to Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in strong support of a request for an investigation and complaint for injunctive relief filed by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). The CCIA filed a FTC complaint on behalf of consumers against Major League Baseball, the National...

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LCA Statement on “Fair Use: Its Effects on Consumers and Industry”

On November 16, 2005, Prudence S. Adler gave a statement on behalf of the LCA in a Hearing on “Fair Use: Its Effects on Consumers and Industry.” The statement was presented to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce. Fair use is central to libraries ability to achieve many facets...

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on MGM v. Grokster

June 27, 2005–In a unanimous ruling in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that distributors of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems may be held liable if they actively induce copyright infringement by users of those P2P systems. Importantly, the Court strongly reaffirmed its earlier ruling in Sony Corp of America v. Universal City Studios which held that technologies...

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