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Other Legislation

LCA Expresses Concerns with Digital Copyright Act Discussion Draft

On December 22, 2020, the Library Copyright Alliance issued a statement expressing serious concerns with the discussion draft of the Digital Copyright Act of 2021 released by Senator Thom Tillis, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.  

Other Matters

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...

United States Documents, Amicus Briefs

LCA Files Amicus Brief: Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc.

On January 13, 2020, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed an amicus brief in support of Google. LCA members urged the Supreme Court to insure that any fair use determination it reaches in this case not affect the many fair uses made by libraries and educational institutions. View Document

Comments on Notices of Inquiry

LCA Submits Comments Regarding Intellectual Property Protection for AI Innovation

On January 11, 2020, LCA responded to a request for comments regarding intellectual property protection for artificial intelligence (“AI”) innovation published in the Federal Register at 84 Fed. Reg. 58141 on October 30, 2019.

Other Legislation

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...

Other International

LCA Sends Letter Urging Signing of the South African Copyright Amendment Bill

On November 6, 2019, members of the Library Copyright Alliance wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa responding to complaints made by the International Intellectual Property Alliance concerning the Copyright Amendment Bill. LCA urges President Ramaphosa to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill.

United States Documents, Amicus Briefs

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

Amicus Briefs

LCA Joins Amicus Brief: Frederick L. Allen, et al., v. Roy A. Cooper, III

On September 27, 2019, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed an amicus brief in support of Roy A. Cooper, III, Governor of North Carolina, in Allen v. Cooper. LCA members argued that abrogation of state sovereign immunity would have a negative impact on the digital preservation initiatives of state-run libraries and archives. View document

International Treaties and Trade Agreements, Other International

Map of Fair Use and Fair Dealing around the World

The Library Copyright Alliance created a map showing the application of the Fair Use and Fair Dealing doctrines around the world.

Amicus Briefs

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

On May 6, 2019, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) joined the State of Georgia v. Public Resource amicus brief in support of Public Resource.