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LCA EndorsesJames G. Neal’s Fair Use Testimony at House Copyright Hearing

On April 4, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) issued a statement endorsing the testimony of James G. Neal, Columbia University librarian and vice president for information services, who testified before the US House of Representative Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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LCA Releases Diagram Charting Many Ways Forward For Google Books Settlement—UPDATED Nov. 18, 2013

On March 4, 2010, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of “GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement.” This diagram, developed by Jonathan Band, explores the many possible routes and outcomes of the Google Books Settlement, including avenues into the...

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Libraries Applaud Dismissal of Google Book Search Case

On November 14, 2013, after eight years of litigation, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database. The Library Copyright Alliance welcomes Judge Denny Chin’s decision to protect the search database that allows...

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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.

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