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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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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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Berkeley Clinic Prepares Fair Use White Paper for LCA

On February 15, 2013, the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, published a white paper on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA). The paper, “How Flexibility Supports the Goals of Copyright Law: Fair Use and the US Library Experience,” was created for discussion at the 2nd Global Congress on Intellectual Property and...

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LCA Writes to Ambassador Kirk Regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

August 14, 2012 – The American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association wrote to Ambassador Kirk in support of paragraph 2 of the US proposal for copyright exceptions and limitations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) Agreement. The language would ensure that nothing in TTP would in any direct or indirect...

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